Catching up with our #WCW Morgan Tracey
After a record number of fan votes, (4,104), skeleton athlete Morgan Tracey has been crowned our #WCW for this week. Last season, Tracey competed on the North American Cup circuit, finishing with a pair of bronze medals. USABS sat down with her as she preps for this coming season.
Hurley and Miter win USA National Skeleton Push Championship titles
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Sept. 26, 2015)- Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Conn.) and Jake Miter (Troy, N.Y.) were awarded the 2015 USA National Skeleton Push Championship titles in Lake Placid, N.Y. this morning. Athletes were given two runs on the wheeled push track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and the competitor with the lowest combined time was declared the winner in their respective division.
USA National Skeleton Push Championships scheduled for Saturday
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2015)- USA Skeleton athletes will compete for the 2015 USA National Push Championship title on the wheeled push track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. at 10 a.m. ET this Saturday. Push championships are not mandatory for skeleton competitors, but results give athletes a chance to measure their off-season training and provide the coaching staff with valuable information leading into selections.
Ninety-two World Records only the beginning for high school athlete Evan Pittman
Evan Pittman isn’t your traditional junior in high school, or your traditional USA Bobsled & Skeleton member. In fact, he isn’t even your traditional youth athlete. As recently profiled in USA Today High School Sports, the 16-year-old competitive powerlifter already has 92 world records to his name, has won seven Junior Olympic Games, six world powerlifting championships, and was recently selected as Amateur Athletic Union Strength Sports Male Athlete of the Year. And while he has already been more successful than most of us could even dream of, he isn’t content just yet. Instead, Evan has his sights set on 100 world records, a feat that no powerlifter has ever accomplished while in high school or even in college.
Rookie Abdul-Saboor wins men’s USA National Bobsled Push Championships, Powered by BMW
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Sept. 19, 2015)- Rookie competitor Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) won the men’s USA National Bobsled Push Championships, powered by BMW, in Lake Placid, N.Y. today. Adbul-Saboor, who led last month’s preliminary championships, finished 0.04 seconds ahead the field today to clinch the national title.
#TeamUSATuesday in 10 photos, courtesy of Getty Images! The season is right around the corner! #WinterIsComing
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 will to succeed
Growing up in Moline, Ill., the expectations couldn’t have been higher for Dan Steele. But the pressure didn’t come from his parents or from a coach. No, the competitive fire burned inside, because of Dan’s twin brother and current USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer, Darrin.
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.