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Bascue and Abdul-Saboor win again, Reinbolt and Gibbs run away with women’s victory
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2018)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) andHakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) were repeat winners in today’s men’s bobsled selection race, while Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) threw down two impressive runs to win the women’s bobsled race at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
“It’s nice to be able to come out and win both two-man races,” Bascue said. “It’s a great start to the season and I’m excited going into the World Cup season with these guys, I think we can do some big things.”
Bascue and Abdul-Saboor were dominant today from start to finish. The duo powered their BMW sled off the block with the fastest start times of 5.11 and 5.10 seconds for runs of 56.51 and 56.45 seconds, respectively. Bascue and Abdul-Saboor finished 0.85 seconds ahead of the field with a combined time of 1:52.96.
Bascue began the sport of bobsled in the Lake Placid Pee-Wee Program when he was just 8-years-old, but he said his dream to race on the elite level didn’t strike him until he was a teenager.
“This dream never really hit me until I was fifteen,” Bascue said. “When I was younger it was more of a hobby that I loved. Once I started to grow up I realized I had a chance to do something cool in the sport and hopefully I can continue to grow into that dream.”
Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) andChris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) finished second in 1:53.81 with downtimes of 57.01 and 56.80 seconds. The pair was just behind their teammates at the start with push times of 5.16 in both heats.
Geoffrey Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) andSam Moeller (Dallas, Texas) were third in 1:54.00 (57.05, 56.95), while Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) fell back into fourth with a total time of 1:54.03 (54.14, 54.09).
Reinbolt barely missed out on qualifying for the PyeongChang Games in 2018 and has struggled to get back into the swing of sliding after the disappointment.
“This week, and even the first race, I’m still emotionally processing and overcoming the last quad and today I decided to put the last quad aside and be the Brittany of the new quad,” Reinbolt said. “Lauren pushed really well today and I’m grateful for her support.”
Reinbolt paired with Olympic silver medalist Gibbs for start times of 5.64 and 5.61 seconds and runs of 58.33 and 58.04 seconds, respectively. Reinbolt and Gibbs finished with a huge margin of 0.73 seconds after clocking a total of 1:56.37.
Gibbs took some time off after her medal performance in PyeongChang and said she battled through injuries throughout the offseason after trying to come back too quickly.
“Everybody told me that the first year after an Olympics is tough and I didn’t believe them, but boy has it been tough,” Gibbs said. “It was good to come away with a win and work through some things and push Brittany well today. I was incredibly impressed with Brittany today, she represented Team USA well.”
Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) and Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.) tied Kristi Koplin(Park City, Utah) and Sylvia Hoffman(Arlington, Texas) for second place with a combined time of 1:57.10.
Vogt and Brungardt posted starts of 5.70 in both heats for runs of 58.50 and 58.60, while Koplin and Hoffman clocked powerful push times of 5.63 and 5.67 for runs of 58.53 and 58.57.
Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) earned a bye onto the USA Bobsled National Team with her 2018 Olympic silver medal performance and foreran today’s race with Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.).
Athletes are racing for one of three quota spots on both the women’s and men’s national teams. Bobsled selection races continue tomorrow with four-man. Skeleton will also race tomorrow, while the third and final skeleton competition will be Friday.
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1. Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor 1:52.96 (56.51, 56.45);
2. Justin Olsen and Chris Kinney 1:53.81 (57.01, 56.80);
3. Geoff Gadbois and Sam Moeller 1:54.00 (57.05, 56.95);
4. Hunter Church and Adrian Adams 1:54.03 (57.00, 57.03);
5. Frank Del Duca and Derek Crittenden 1:55.17 (57.52, 57.65);
6. Tyler Hickey and Chris Walsh 1:56.05 (58.08, 57.97);
1. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs 1:56.37 (58.33, 58.04);
2. Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt 1:57.10 (58.50, 58.60);
3. Kristi Koplin and Sylvia Hoffman 1:57.10 (58.53, 58.57);
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