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USA Bobsled & Skeleton announces Olympic teams

January 26, 2018
By staff , Lake Placid News

While competing on the World Cup circuit in Europe two weeks ago, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, based in Lake Placid, announced its bobsled and skeleton teams for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which begin Friday, Feb. 9 and end Sunday, Feb. 25.


Women's Bobsled Team

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On Jan. 13 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, USABS announced the four athletes selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Bobsled team.

"The women's team has been stacked with outstanding talent for the last three Olympic cycles and this year is no exception," USABS CEO Darrin Steele said in a press release. "Six push athletes have been battling it out week after week and winning medals on the World Cup circuit this year, but we only have two spots for the Games. We don't take this decision light-heartedly. The selection committee chose the athletes they think have the best chance of bringing home hardware from Korea for Team USA. I wish we could take the entire team with us because they've all proven how hard-working and determined they are in addition to being incredibly talented."

Pilots Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Georgia) and Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pennsylvania) headline the women's squad. Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, California) earned her spot in the back of Meyers Taylor's sled, while 2014 Olympic bronze medal teammates Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (Chicago, Illinois) will once again be paired together in Pyeongchang.

Briauna Jones (Charlotte, North Carolina) has been selected as a replacement athlete and will travel to Pyeongchang.

Jones can substitute for competing athletes during training runs and is eligible to compete in the event of an injury or illness. If a replacement is needed, the selection committee will re-evaluate the teams before making a nomination.


Men's Bobsled Team

On Jan. 15 in St. Moritz, USABS announced the 12 athletes who have been selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Bobsled Team. The U.S. is one of three nations to qualify three sleds in both two-man and four-man bobsled.

Codie Bascue (Whitehall, New York), Nick Cunningham (Monterey, California) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) were selected to pilot the three Team USA sleds. The nine push athletes selected to the team are listed below by their seat position order in their respective sleds.

Bascue's push crew will be Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nevada), Steve Langton (Melrose, Massachusetts) and Sam McGuffie (Cypress, Texas). McGuffie has also been selected as Bascue's brakeman in two-man.

Cunningham will race with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Virginia), Christopher Kinney (Stockbridge, Georgia) and Sam Michener (Gresham, Oregon). Abdul-Saboor will push Cunningham in two-man.

Olsen's crew consists of Nathan Weber (Pueblo West, Colorado), Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, California) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah). Weinstock, a member of Bascue's four-man team, will race with Olsen in two-man.

Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Nic Taylor (Hayward, California) have been selected as replacement athletes and will travel to Pyeongchang.


Skeleton teams

On Jan. 15 in Koenigssee, Germany, USABS announced that Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colorado), Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, California), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin) and John Daly (Smithtown, New York) have been selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team.

"This is an experienced and talented group of athletes selected to the skeleton team and each is capable of bringing home a medal," CEO Steele said in a press release. "These four athletes have overcome many challenges over the last quad and have risen above them time after time. They have grit and are determined to lay it on the line and give it all they've got in Korea, so we expect big things."

Fifty skeleton athletes- 30 men and 20 women- are expected to compete for the Olympic title.

The U.S. is one of six nations to earn two spots in the men's division and one of four nations to qualify two sleds in the women's discipline.

All U.S. Olympic team selections are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.



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