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Getting to know Codie Bascue

Aug. 05, 2020, 4:44 p.m. (ET)

Get to know men's bobsledder Codie Bascue

Codie Bascue's family has a history in the sport of bobsled, and he began sliding at the young age of 8. Codie's breakthrough came during the 2017-2018 season, when he won his first career World Cup gold medal with Sam McGuffie in Lake Placid, N.Y. He went on to make his first Olympic team in 2018. Codie, now 26, is attending online classes through Devry University, pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems.

Q&A:

Q: How were you exposed to bobsled?
A: I started bobsled at the age of 8 thanks to my grandfather who competed in bobsled recreationally. My grandfather started a bobsledding program in the Lake Placid region, and it has always been something that I've loved doing.

Q: Can you describe what it entails being a pilot?
A: The drive for me is always the most important part because you need to be precise and expect perfection. Repetition to me is always important, because the more runs you take, the better chance you have of being as close to perfect as you can be.

Q: What's your favorite track?
A: Well obviously I would have to say Lake Placid with it being my home track is the easy answer. Outside of Lake Placid, I would have to say St. Moritz since it is the only natural ice track in the sport and there is so much history there. 

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you have faced on your journey to becoming an Olympic athlete?
A: For me, it has always been my athleticism. Growing up, I was always a tiny, scrawny kid. Somewhat of an anomaly in the sport, but I have been able to make it by putting an emphasis on perfecting my driving and always working on my strength and conditioning. 

Q: Do you have a typical warm up routine? Pre-race music?
A: I am always very superstitious so I like to keep my routine the same. Stretching and having caffeine before a race have always been a part of that for me. Then I like to listen to hard metal and rock music to prepare myself for the race before finishing with some sprints and getting dressed. I never put my helmet on until the bobsledders two groups in front of us go down the track.

Q: What from your career are you most proud of so far?
A: I would be lying if I didn't say making the Olympic team, but a moment that really resonates with me is winning gold at the World Cup in Lake Placid in front of my family and friends.  

Q: How have you managed to stay driven and focused with the COVID 19 pandemic?
A: It is easy to stay focused and determined with teammates that are driven towards the same goal as you. Training has become harder, but I've done my best to stay adaptable and make the most of this circumstance.

Q: What can you do to further your success within bobsledding?
A: The dream was always to be an Olympian for bobsled, but when that became obtainable, the new focus has become winning an olympic medal for my country and to help USA Bobsled return to dominance in the sport.

Q: What do you picture life after bobsled looking like for you?
A: I've given this a lot of thought and that is why I started to pursue a degree from Devry. I have always had a love for video games, and would love to become a video programmer and help others develop a passion for video games. My favorite video game is Destiny, but also enjoy sports games and first person shooters.

Q: What is your favorite cheat food?
A: Good burger or a pulled pork sandwich. If I have the opportunity, I have to go to Five Guys.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete outside of bobsled?
A: I'm a baseball and basketball fan, so I'm a fan of the Yankees and Knicks, but I've always enjoyed watching LeBron throughout his career.

Q: What is one interesting things that a lot of people don't know about you?
A: A lot of people don't know that I'm a big fan of the paranormal. I actually have some paranormal gear and have even done some investigating at some location nearby where I live.