For Reid, the day was a big surprise.
"I had really good training days and things were kind of coming together," she said. "But my best result in the World Cup is sixth place, so to be sitting in first going into day two I'm pretty excited."
Although she's not here competing for the U.S., Noelle Pikus-Pace's comeback after two years of retirement is going better than she probably expected. She's not eligible for World Cup, but that is simply a matter of time.
The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation ordinarily mandated for World Cup eligibility an athlete must compete in five races on four tracks over 24 months. But the FIBT has given Pikus-Pace a waiver for World Cup once she competes in four races on two tracks.
Pikus-Pace, who swept the four team selection races, competed in North American Cup this week at Park City, Utah, where she won both races. She'll compete in races next week at Calgary to satisfy the requirement.
Head coach Tuffy Latour said Pikus-Pace and Gabryszak will take turns racing the first half of the nine-race season, and then make a decision on who completes the remainder of the season.
"We always pushed each other, but having Noelle come back and be so far ahead of us has kind of given us a rabbit to chase," Gabryszak said. "I feel like we're all trying harder than we ever have."
The U.S. women's team is attempting to qualify a third sled for worlds in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in late January. Currently, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and Russia have three.
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