Annie O'Shea after winning her first World Cup gold medal this past season in Lake Placid.
Lake Placid, N.Y. (July 4, 2016) - The country’s oldest and most storied bobsled and skeleton location will soon become a site for first-time athletes to test their abilities and see if they have what it takes to be an Olympian.
Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, is set to host a July 9 combine test. The physical evaluation will take place at the local Horse Show Grounds.
New York native and current skeleton national team member Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) took her first combine in Lake Placid.
And more than a decade later, she’s still reaping the benefits of trying a new sport.
“I remember being overly nervous,” she said of her first combine. “I would tell an athlete taking their first combine to take it as seriously as possible. You only ever get one first impression and if you can show up ready and setting yourself above others people will notice.”
The former track and field athlete enjoyed her best season yet in 2015-16, earning her first World Cup gold medal — on the Lake Placid track — and taking home Skeleton Athlete of the Year honors.
Bobsled and skeleton athletes come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including track and field, football, rowing, bodybuilding, softball and field hockey.
“I believe the most important quality that a USABS athlete coming into the sport can have is mental toughness,” O’Shea said. “The sports aren't easy and there is a lot to learn which can be overwhelming at times, it is easy to feel discouraged. This was something I had to learn over the years and takes a long time to truly get there.”
Any athlete wishing to participate in the Lake Placid combine must pre-register. For more information, please click here.
Kristen Gowdy, USABS Media and Marketing Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 722-0522