The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced today the selection of nine men and six women to represent America at the 2014 Winter Olympics next month. These nominations require approval by the U.S. Olympics Committee.
Veteran Olympic drivers Steven Holcomb and Elana Meyers lead the exceptional field of athletes destined to surpass any previous Team USA Olympics bobsled success. Both seek a return trip to the podium, after winning gold and bronze medals at the 201 Vancouver Olympics, respectively.
Striving to reclaim the gold, Holcomb will drive the four-man “Night Train 2” with an improved version over his infamous Vancouver sled, both of which were designed by the BoDyn Bobsled Project. This USA-1 sled will be bolstered by fellow Vancouver victory push athlete Curt Tomasevicz, as well as Steve Langton and Chris Fogt. Holcomb currently holds the third position among the international FIBT rankings.
The Americans also qualified another four-man sled that will be driven by Nick Cunningham. Joining him on this USA-2 sled are Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn, and Dallas Robinson.
For the two-man sleds, Team USA qualified three sleds for both the men and women. All will be competing in specially-designed, technologically-advanced sleds customized by the BMW car manufacturer.
The men’s sleds will be piloted by Holcomb, Cunningham, and Cory Butner. Holcomb leads the world-wide standings, with Butner and Cunningham holding the fifth and sixth spots.
Their brakemen will be chosen from the six-man pool of athletes who were named to the four-man sleds.
The women’s sleds feature three drivers who have ruled the world cup rankings. Jamie Greubel, Meyers, and Jazmine Fenlator. The Americans currently sit atop the FIBT standings with the pilots notching second, third and seventh placements in the rankings.
Three pushers have been tapped: Aja Evans, as well as Summer Olympics athletes: sprinter Lauryn Williams, and hurdler Lolo Jones.
All of these two-man partnerships will be finalized before the Sochi Olympics, as they board the "Sochi Express."
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