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Catching up with Sylvia Hoffman

Oct. 20, 2020, 12:49 p.m. (ET)

Catching up with Sylvia Hoffman
From rookie to veteran

Sylvia has quickly gone from rookie to veteran in just three years as a women's bobsledder. She was discovered at Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful, and quickly became an athlete to watch after winning push championships. Sylvia competed in a variety of sports including Olympic weightlifting, track and field, basketball and volleyball before becoming a bobsledder. In just three years, she's earned three World Cup medals, including gold with Kaillie Humphries in Koenigssee, Germany last season.

Learn more about Sylvia in our Q&A:

Q: It wasn't long ago that you were a rookie, and now you're one of the veterans of the team that the rookies are looking up to. How does it feel to be entering this season as one of the more experienced push athletes?
A: It feels awesome to see how far I have come in just two years. It took a lot of patience and determination to get to where I am today. As one of the leaders in our federation, I try to set the best example of being the best you can be while achieving your goals individually and as a team.

Q: Do you remember what it was like to enter the season your first year? How does it differ now? 
A: My first season was definitely an “all the above” type of year. There were so many things that were changing in my personal life, and loads of new things that I needed to learn to become a great bobsledder. With the help of my teammates and coaches, I have come a long way to utilize all my talents as a multi-sport athlete. Now that I am becoming more educated with the sport, and a new future position in the sled, I feel even more prepared for what is to come than I was going into my second year.

Q: Do you have a favorite sliding memory so far?
A: Yes, and these memories are starting to stack up. So far I have had great experiences with every driver I have raced with, which is awesome! At this point I have won a gold medal with both of our Olympic medalist drivers. One was my first ever international medal, and the other was my first World Cup gold medal. Besides the sliding adventures, the people around me in and outside of our federation are amazing people that I am happy to have met.

Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: Winning every race and conquering every challenge. 

Q: How have you been able to train through the pandemic? 
Yes, fortunately I have been able to train through the summer. With the help of some friends I was able to borrow some equipment to not just help keep me healthy, but to begin semi normal training leading into my third year.

Q: Do you have any advice for the new athletes coming into the sport?
A: Believe yourself

Q: How would you describe the sport of bobsled to someone who didn't know about it?
Bobsled is a little similar to being on a roller coaster but on ice. There’s gravity, speed, and the thrill of a good race. 

Q: Is there anything people don't know about you that you'd like to share?
A: Competing in Sports is my passion