USABS heads to Tennessee for next summer combine

July 17, 2017, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

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USABS heads to Tennessee for next summer combine

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (July 17, 2017)- With just four combines remaining this summer, USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) next heads to Johnson City, Tenn., and the East Tennessee State University Olympic Training Site. The university, which already hosts several bobsled and skeleton athletes, is set to sponsor the next combine of the summer, which will take place at Science Hill High School on July 19.

Combines are designed to test an athlete’s speed and strength. Each test features a series of sprints, a shot toss and a standing long jump.

Though for bobsled pilot Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.), who trains at ETSU during the offseason, the mental aspects of attending a combine and getting started in the sports are just as important as the physical.

“This sport will test you in every way possible and requires a lot of grit,” she said. “Strength and speed are obviously important, and they are the abilities being evaluated during the combine, but I think resiliency is the most vital non-physical trait.”

Eberling began competing in bobsled in 2011 after a Division I volleyball career at Western Michigan University, but USABS athletes come from a wide variety of athletic backgrounds. In addition to volleyball, current national team athletes hail from sports such as football, track and field, bodybuilding, weightlifting, softball, rowing and field hockey.

This summer, ETSU is also the offseason training site of choice for several USABS athletes, including national team bobsledders Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.), Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) and Christopher Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.), as well as development team athletes Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Conn.).

Eberling added that when she attended her first combine, she never imagined that she’d be representing her country at the international level.

My experience in this sport has far surpassed anything I could have ever expected going into my first combine,” Eberling said. “I never would have imagined my initial combine would have led to the opportunity to travel around the world competing for Team USA. This sport has opened so many doors and introduced me to some amazing people. It has stretched and refined me into the realization that competing for something greater than myself is the greatest privilege.”

Any athlete wishing to participate in the Johnson City combine must pre-register. For more information, please click here.

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