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Modesto's Kendall Wesenberg makes Olympic debut. It didn't go as planned.

Kendall Wesenberg of United States takes a curve on her second run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Kendall Wesenberg of United States takes a curve on her second run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The first day of her Olympic debut was a disappointment for Modesto's Kendall Wesenberg on Friday.

The Central Catholic High School graduate stands in 17th place after two of four heats in the Skeleton at Pyeongchang, South Korea. The final two heats will be held Saturday morning.

Wesenberg struggled in Turn 2 at the Olympic Sliding Centre, and it cost her dearly.

“It was definitely not what I wanted to do,” she said. “To mess up corner two in both runs is pretty disappointing since I’d been working on that earlier this week and thought I had it. For some reason, I just missed slightly on both of them and paid for it in three. It felt really good the other day, so I was stoked to take it out of training and come in tonight, but it’s just not there. Something about it isn’t clicking for me.”

Wesenberg, 27, had runs of 52.77 seconds and 52.96 for a total time of 1:45.73 . She's five places behind American teammate Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge, Colo., whose two-run total of 1:44.73 (52.33, 52.40) has her in 12th place.

Uhlaender, 33, is in her fourth Olympic Games after heartbreakingly missing a medal by 0.04 seconds and taking fourth in 2014.

German Jacqueline Loelling is the overall leader at 1:43.86 (51.74, 52.12).

Wesenberg, a relative newcomer to Skeleton who has competed on the World Cup circuit the past three seasons, pushed a 5.25-second start in her first run Friday. But she struggled to navigate the second curve, which has plagued many athletes during training.

Her second run was cleaner in the middle and bottom portions of the track, but after a 5.31-second start, Wesenberg once again had difficulties in the second corner.



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