Bobsled and skeleton reactions to Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 2018; Official training and race schedule

Feb. 09, 2018, 3:14 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, (518) 354-2250, amanda.bird@usabs.com
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Bobsled and skeleton reactions to Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 2018;

Official training and race schedule

 


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Feb. 9, 2018)- The 2018 Olympic Opening Ceremony took place tonight in PyeongChang, and 17 of the 20 U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton Team members took part in the march.


Ten of the bobsled and skeleton athletes competing in the 2018 Olympic Games are first-time Olympians.  Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.), Sam McGuffie (Cypress, Texas), Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.), Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.), Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.), Sam Michener (Gresham, Ore.), Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Nate Weber (Pueblo West, Colo.) are all competing in their first Olympics.


Here are some reactions from first-time Olympic athletes tonight:


Gibbs:

“The opening ceremony was incredible. It was an honor to march alongside my Team USA family and witness the rest of the world coming together in the name of sport!”


Weinstock:

“The opening ceremony was an incredible experience that lived up to everything I had dreamed about since I was a kid. Walking around the stadium with my teammates surrounding me and the eyes of the world watching was humbling and motivating to perform my best at the games for my country.”


Wesenberg:

“The opening ceremony was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do. Getting to hang out with the entire U.S. team before and during the ceremony and then walking in behind our flag was such an exciting and humbling experience.”


Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) is the team’s most experienced Olympian, as PyeongChang will be her fourth Games. Meanwhile, Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) are all representing Team USA on the Olympic stage for the third time, while Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) and Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) are making their second Olympic appearance.


Meyers Taylor, Olsen and Uhlaender elected not to march tonight. Meyers Taylor and Uhlaender are opting to rest before upcoming training days, while Olsen is recovering from an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week.


The bobsled and skeleton official training and competition schedule is below, with times listed in UTC:


Feb. 12

9:35 a.m. - Women’s skeleton official training #1

11:50 a.m. - Men’s skeleton official training #1


Feb. 13

12:50 p.m. - Women’s skeleton official training #2

3 p.m. - Men’s skeleton official training #2


Feb. 14

12:50 p.m. - Women’s skeleton official training #3

3 p.m. - Men’s skeleton official training ##


Feb. 15

10 a.m. - Men’s skeleton race heats #1 and #2

3:15 p.m. - Two-man bobsled official training #1


Feb. 16

9:30 a.m. - Men’s skeleton race heats #3 and #4

4 p.m. - Two-man bobsled official training #2

8:20 p.m. - Women’s skeleton race heats #1 and #2


Feb. 17

10 a.m. - Women’s bobsled official training #1

12:30 p.m. - Two-man bobsled official training #3

8:20 p.m. - Women’s skeleton race heats #3 and #4


Feb. 18

10 a.m. - Women’s bobsled official training #2

8:05 p.m. - Two-man bobsled heats #1 and #2


Feb. 19

10 a.m. - Women’s bobsled official training #3

8:15 p.m. - Two-man bobsled heats #3 and #4


Feb. 20

8:50 p.m. - Women’s bobsled heats #1 and #2


Feb. 21

10 a.m. - Four-man bobsled official training #1

8:40 p.m. - Women’s bobsled heats #3 and #4


Feb. 22

10 a.m. - Four-man bobsled official training #2


Feb. 23

10 a.m. - Four-man bobsled official training #3


Feb. 24

9:30 a.m. - Four-man bobsled heats #1 and #2


Feb. 25

9:30 a.m. - Four-man bobsled heats #3 and #4


Athletes will be available for interviews in the mixed zone on official training days and competition days after the second heat.


For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250.

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