Posted: Tuesday February 21, 2006 7:58PM; Updated: Wednesday February 22, 2006 9:59AM
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Rohbock wore one other hat to complicate her Olympic aspirations. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Utah National Guard. When her unit was mobilized for deployment to Iraq in late 2003, she thought her Olympic dreams were finished. But doctors didn't like the looks of an unrepaired rotator cuff injury she had sustained playing soccer earlier in the year and declared her undeployable.
She got another lucky break when Fleming started braking for her regularly in 2004. A former sprinter and javelin thrower for UC Santa Barbara, Fleming had questioned her own sanity after her first run in a sled, in the fall of 2003. The two hit it off and are now best friends and Park City roommates, in an Oscar and Felix kind of way.
"She's a slob," says Fleming of Rohbock. "I feel like I'm constantly picking up after her and putting her stuff away. She says, 'You don't have to do that,' but I think it makes me feel better because I like things being picked up."
"She's anal," says Rohbock of Fleming. "I'm not horribly messy, but I'm OK with something being over there. She wants it right here."
While Rohbock has what she calls "normal jitters," Fleming gets nervous to the point of nausea before every race. "It doesn't matter if it's the Olympics or the push championships; I'm miserable all day," says Fleming. "I can't eat and Shauna has to force food down me. If I'm not nervous, I think you should be worried, because that's where my adrenaline comes from."
"We get along well, but like anybody you just want to kill each other at times," says Rohbock.
Tuesday night was not one of those times. Two hours after the competition ended, Rohbock and Fleming could still be seen posing for pictures on the grounds of the Cesana Pariol venue, wearing matching red down jackets draped with American flags, their arms around each other. Without a doubt, their most recent run down the hill had been a lot of fun.