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2018-2019 USA Bobsled National Team named
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(Oct. 26, 2018)- Twenty-three athletes were named to the USA Bobsled National Team this morning after the conclusion of selection races in Lake Placid. Although 13 of the 17 athletes named to the pool of push athletes have earned their first national team berth, the potential of the 2018 rookie class has the coaches optimistic about the future. Team USA qualified three quota spots for both the women’s and men’s teams.
“We are going to be leaning on the veterans, coaches and drivers to help turn this high-potential rookie class into world-class bobsled athletes,” said USABS CEO Darrin Steele. “There will be a steep learning curve, but after what we’ve seen from this group in push championships and team trials, we expect big things.”
The three drivers named as the men’s pilots are 2018 Olympian Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), three-time Olympian and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and World Cup rookie Geoffrey Gadbois (Milton, Vt.).
Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) earned a bye onto the national team with her 2018 Olympic silver medal performance. Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) and Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) will join Meyers Taylor as the women’s national team drivers.
“I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter with these drivers,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “Starting a new Olympic quad is always challenging, but we’ve got the tools to get things kicked off on the right path.”
The 11 athletes named to the pool of push athletes on the men’s team include the following, listed in alphabetical order: third-year bobsledder Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.), sixth-year bobsledder Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.), Crossfit competitor Kyler Allison(Austin, Texas), former University of Oregon rugby player Chris Avery(San Diego, Calif.), former University of Iowa track athlete Jacob Gourley(Eagan, Minn.), former University of Massachusetts Amherst track athlete Kris Horn(Pembroke, Mass.), U.S. Airman Dakota Lynch(Mary Esther, Fla.), former University of Idaho football player Blaine McConnell(San Diego, Calif.), 2018 Olympic bobsled alternate Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany), former Penn football player Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.) and 2017 Next Olympic Hopeful and reigning national bobsled push champion Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.).
The six competitors named to the women’s pool of push athletes includes the following, listed in alphabetical order: former Wayne State College track athlete Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.), University of Southern California track athlete Jessica Davis(Gardena, Calif.), 2018 Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs(Los Angeles, Calif.), former LSU-Shreveport basketball player, weightlifter and reigning national bobsled push champion Sylvia Hoffman(Arlington, Texas), former Towson track athlete Megan Kelly(Middletown, Md.) and former University of Iowa track athlete Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.).
The first World Cup race will be in Sigulda, Latvia from December 3-9. The season also features a World Cup on home ice in Lake Placid from February 11-16, and the season will conclude with World Championships on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, Canada from February 25-March 10.
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