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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

William Gustav Hollrock, III

February 15, 1940

William “Mike” Hollrock played football at the University of Miami before he was recruited into the sport of bobsled.  He was a member of winning four-man bobsled teams at the 1974 and 1975 AAU races, finished 15th in the 1975 World Championships, and 19th at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games.

Hollrock remained active in the sport as an assistant coach and served as secretary of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.  He is a Lake Placid High School graduate and opened Hollrock Concrete, Inc. after his bobsled career.

Brent Rushlaw

September 16, 1951

Brent “Stuntman” Rushlaw was a member of the Saranac Lake Bobsled Club and is a five-time national two-man bobsled champion.  He won 18 of the 26 national two-man races he entered, and was named to four Winter Olympic teams in 1976, ’80, ’84 and ’88.

Rushlaw was nicknamed “Stuntman” for antics like flipping off a 50-foot bridge into an icy Saranac River and for driving 350-miles from Saranac Lake to Long Island in a ’57 Chevy without brakes.  Sports Illustrated described Rushlaw as “real shy, real quiet and real trouble.”  Despite just missing out on an Olympic medal in the ’80 Olympics, Rushlaw earned the title as one of the best bobsled pilots in the world.

Rushlaw was a quarterback on the Saranac Lake High School football team and also starred on the basketball and baseball teams.  He attended Clarkson College and was recruited into the sport of bobsled by Gil Miron during his junior year.

James Ernest Lamy

May 30, 1928-May 30, 1992

James Lamy, son of champion speed skater Ed Lamy, competed as a speed skater before finding his passion in the sport of bobsled.  During his career from 1956-1964, Lamy became one of the most accomplished bobsledders in American history.

Lamy represented the Saranac Lake Bobsled Club and earned a bronze medal in the four-man bobsled event at the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Games.  In addition to his Olympic medal, Lamy was also the three-time North American four-man bobsled champion, two-time AAU two-man bobsled champion, and two-time AAU four-man bobsled champion.

Lamy served in the Navy during World War II and in the Marine Corps in the Korean War.  He served as chairman of the U.S. Bobsled Committee, was vice president of the Federation Internationale de Bobsledding et Tobogganing, and even managed the Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled facility.