Fifteen athletes earn tickets to USA Bobsled National Push Championships through BMW Ultimate Athlete Challeng...
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (August 29, 2015)- BMW, a proud partner of USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), is sponsoring the USABS Ultimate Athlete Challenge. Nine men and six women will be flown to Lake Placid, N.Y. in September to participate in USA Bobsled National Push Championships, courtesy of BMW, based on their performances in today’s preliminary push championships held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.
Athletes off the ice: Ajla Glavasevic
In our recent fan poll question, we asked which USABS athlete would write the best book? A lot of votes poured in and bobsled national team member Ajla Glavasevic is our winner, with 51% of the total votes. Hear what Ajla had to say when we caught up with her yesterday!
Catching up with our #MCM Stephen Garbett
Our #ManCrushMonday is skeleton national team member Stephen Garbett. The native of Parker, Colo. spent last season competing on the North American Cup, European Cup and the World Cup tours. This summer, Garbett has been training for the upcoming season at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. We caught up with him and asked him about his expectations for this season, as well as some more personal questions.
Catching up with our #MCM Nick Cunningham
Our #ManCrushMonday is bobsled pilot and two-time Olympian, Nick Cunningham. Cunningham was awarded this honor by winning the fan poll on our website last week by a wide margin. Find out what he has been doing this offseason and hear his expectations for year two of the quad, which will end with the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Athletes off the ice: Carlo Valdes
We caught up with bobsled national team member, Carlo Valdes. The native of Newport, Beach Calif. is fresh off his first season in the sport of bobsled, in which he was named "USABS Bobsled Athlete of the Year." See what Carlo has been up to this offseason as continues to train for the upcoming sliding season.
#TeamUSATuesday in 10 photos from the 2014-2015 season. Make sure to share the gallery with your friends on social media using the hashtag #TeamUSATuesday!
Inaugural winter sports culinary throwdown
USA Bobsled & Skeleton was challenged to a winter sports culinary cook off by U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Ski & Snowboard last evening at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Check out images from the event and stay tuned for the video highlights, which will be posted later today!
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.
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?
The windy road to Olympic bobsled
You could say that Michael Wasko was pretty athletically active growing up in Parlin, N.J., an unincorporated community in Middlesex County. However, to say so would be quite an understatement. Wasko participated in pretty much every sport you could think of as a young child, including the traditional sports of baseball, basketball and football to go along with the less popular sports of diving and skiing. But it wasn’t until the fifth grade that he was introduced to his first love, gymnastics.
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.
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.