From Florida to Olympic glory: The story of Brian Shimer
Bobsled wasn’t on Brian Shimer’s radar as a young kid growing up in southern Florida. After all, it’s hard to get into a sport that features winter and lots of ice, two things that look very different in Florida. Sure, there is wintertime, when the temperature drops into the low 60s. And there is definitely ice in Florida. Ice is used to cool off beverages on a hot, sunny day. There is certainly no bobsled in the Sunshine state, but there is absolutely football, which gave Shimer his first passion in the sporting world.
USABS Board of Directors proposes bylaw amendments
As stated in my earlier message a few months ago, the Board of Directors of USABS have proposed changing the designation of the board’s Technical Director and Club Director to be Sport At-large Directors.
My adventure in Nepal and the earthquake that rocked the world
Nepal jumped onto news screens across the world a couple of weeks ago when a devastating earthquake rocked the small Asian country. Although Nepal is making headlines now, it has been on my radar for quite some time. Nearly three years ago my younger sister packed her bags and moved to Nepal.
Meyers Taylor, Taylor, Antoine, Tress and Day elected to the USABS AAC
USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced its newest Athletes Advisory Council (AAC) representatives on Tuesday. Defending bobsled World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor was elected to the council for the second time, alongside her husband and fellow bobsled athlete Nic Taylor. Olympic medalist Matt Antoine was elected on the skeleton side of the council and will serve his first term, while fellow skeleton athlete Kyle Tress was elected for the second time. Skeleton newcomer Veronica Day was also elected.
Best USABS Athlete Dancer
Last Friday was #InternationalDanceDay, and we wanted to know who you think is the best dancer on the USABS team? Thank you to the record number of participants who submitted their vote on our website!
Which photo is your favorite?
Make sure to visit our homepage, www.usabs.com to submit your vote for your favorite photo. Be sure to share this page with your friends and followers on social media and check back on Thursday for the results!
USA Bobsled & Skeleton offseason Q & A
With the sliding over, fans have the opportunity to take a step back and relax after an exhilarating competition season. However, for athletes the real work is about to start. We caught up with USA Bobsled athletes Ajla Glavasevic and Sam Michener, as well as USA Skeleton athlete Megan Henry and asked them for some insight into their offseason plans.
USA Bobsled athletes visit Dachau Concentration Camp
There are many opportunities that are associated with being a member of the national team for USA Bobsled & Skeleton besides competing against the best sliding athletes in the world. One of those opportunities is the ability to travel internationally, seeing parts of the world most Americans will never have the chance to see and paying respects at historic landmarks.
Want to take a ride in a bobsled?
Have you ever been curious what it’s like to race down an icy track at 85 mph? Perhaps you’ve seen bobsled races on television, or maybe you have attended a race in person. If you have, you were probably wondering how you get into a sport that doesn’t have high school or college teams. Maybe you thought it would be cool to give the sport a try?
Chasing the silver lining
A native of Kernersville, North Carolina, Randy Jones attended Robert B. Glenn High School, where he was a standout athlete in football, as well as track and field. His success on the field of play and his merit in academics awarded Jones the opportunity to attend Duke University on an athletic scholarship. While in Durham, he continued his athletic prowess, excelling on the football field and on the track. In the meantime, he more than carried his weight in the classroom, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering.
A pioneer of women's bobsled
As Jean Prahm, formerly Jean Racine, and her brakeman, Gea Johnson, took to the ice for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, there was an unusual vibe in the Park City, Utah air. Bobsled, a sport with a deep and rich tradition, made its initial Olympic presence at the 1924 Chamonix Games. But this time the competition looked different with a new discipline: women’s bobsled.
Lauryn Williams gives bobsled another go
Lauryn Williams learned about investment strategy while studying to become a financial planner. Earning an Olympic bobsled silver medal last February in Sochi, Russia, after spending only six months in the sport is a great return on investment in anyone’s ledger.