Here is the video from the run that Bionic was talking about. This was also a heat stacked with talent (the finishing order is listed in the above linked entry). Chris Spealler's finish time of 3:22 was the second best time of the day.
Watching Speal run up the second loop (from about 2:15 - 2:30 of the video) might give the impression that the hill wasn't that bad. Compare that to the footage from 3:00 - 3:20 of the video, noting that this footage is sped up. And, Speal did no running to prepare for the 08 Games (similar to Josh Everett).