NEW YORK -- Historic Times Square in New York City was transformed into a makeshift winter sports wonderland when several Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls descended Tuesday to mark 100 days before the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Dozens of American athletes representing more than 15 sports made appearances in Midtown Manhattan with one of the biggest moments of their sporting careers on the horizon.
For the hockey players in attendance, it was a crucial turning point in their march toward Sochi.
"Now we're just looking at the final preparations to fine tune all our systems," said forward Josh Sweeney, a former member of the United States Marine Corps who captained the U.S. sled hockey team to a silver medal at the 2013 World Championship in South Korea. "Our passes need to be crisp. We need to be working off of each other and working with each other. That's what it comes down to."