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Bascue and Abdul-Saboor win season opening bobsled selection race, Vogt and Brungardt victorious in women’s race
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(Oct. 20, 2018)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) andHakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) won the season opening bobsled team selection race at Mount Van Hoevenberg tonight, bringing them one step closer to another national team nomination, while Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) and Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.) narrowly edged the women’s field to take their first win of the season.
“I saw a lot of intensity and focus from everyone,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “There was a lot of teamwork, athletes were helping each other and cheering each other on. There’s a lot of talent emerging on this team.”
The U.S. has three quota spots for both the women’s and men’s teams on the World Cup circuit. Selection races will continue on Wednesday with another two-man race, and conclude on Thursday after the four-man race.
Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) andLauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned a bye onto the USA Bobsled National Team with their 2018 Olympic silver medal performance. The duo ran the first heat today, posting the fastest time of 58.71 seconds, but sat out for the second run.
Vogt and Brungardt were in second after the first run, behind only Meyers Taylor and Gibbs, with a run of 58.89 seconds. Teammates Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) and Sylvia Hoffman(Arlington, Texas) were a mere 0.02 seconds behind with a 58.90.
Vogt and Brungardt were on track for the win, but the bungee that holds the brakes broke mid-run and started to drag, slowing the team down considerably. The jury decided to allow Vogt and Brungardt to take a rerun. The duo responded with a faster start time and posted the speediest run of the final heat, 58.77, for a combined time of 1:57.66 to take the win.
"Today was crazy," Vogt said. "You never know what will happen in a bobsled race. I'm super proud of Nicole and I for believing in ourselves and remaining calm and confident for our third run. We knew the competition was going to be tough today, and we fought hard. I'm so grateful to everyone who helped us get this victory today."
Reinbolt and Hoffman, who is the recently crowned women’s bobsled push champion, made a statement off the block with dominant start times of 5.54 and 5.61 seconds. Reinbolt drive the duo to the finish in 58.80 seconds in run two for a total time of 1:57.70 to finish second.
Kristi Koplin(Park City, Utah) and Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.) finished third with a total time of 1:57.86 after runs of 58.94 and 58.92 seconds.
Bascue and Abdul-Saboor were dominant in the men’s race, posting the fastest start and finish times today to take the lead by 0.36 seconds with a combined time of 1:54.18. The duo powered the sled off the block in 5.09 and 5.10 seconds for finish times of 57.06 and 57.12 seconds, respectively.
“I feel confident with my team and how things were going this week heading into the race,” Bascue said. “I’m happy to get the win today. We get on the track tomorrow in a four-man, and then we’re back to two-man, before we race four-man, so it’s going to be a quick turnaround.”
Geoffrey Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) andNicholas Taylor (Hayward, Calif.) finished second with a two-run total of 1:54.54 after clocking runs of 57.40 and 57.14. Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) andChris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) were third in 1:54.84. Olsen and Kinney tied Bascue and Abdul-Saboor for the fastest start time in the second heat with a push of 5.10 seconds.
Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) andKyler Allison (Austin, Texas) are the next closest team to making the cut. Church and Allison finished fourth in 1:55.48.
Bobsled selection races continue on Wednesday with a second women’s and men’s two-man race. Skeleton and four-man bobsled will race on Thursday, while the third and final skeleton competition will be Friday before the USA Bobsled & Skeleton National Team is named.
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1. Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor 1:54.18 (57.06, 57.12);
2. Geoffrey Gadbois and Nicholas Taylor 1:54.54 (57.40, 57.14);
3. Justin Olsen and Chris Kinney 1:54.84 (57.39, 57.45);
4. Hunter Church and Kyler Allison 1:55.48 (57.81, 57.67);
5. Frank Del Duca and Chris Walsh 1:55.85 (57.96, 57.89);
6. Tyler Hickey and Blaine McConnell 1:57.30 (58.56, 58.74);
1. Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt 1:57.66 (58.89, 58.77);
2. Brittany Reinbolt and Sylvia Hoffman 1:57.70 (58.90, 58.80);
3. Kristi Koplin and Lake Kwaza 1:57.86 (58.94, 58.92);
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