Bobsled · Rugby · Skeleton · Team USA · Track Cycling

Could You Be An Olympian?

Attention Americans:

Team USA is looking for its next batch of Olympians, and one of them could be you!

What’s the deal?

The US Olympic Committee has created a program called “Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful” (likely also the title of the NBCSN documentary about this effort that will be on the air in August) to find a few Olympic hopefuls to add to their training rosters, and the process starts with try-outs this Saturday, June 24, from 9am – 1pm at select 24 Hour Fitness centers in Texas, Colorado, California, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

While this is really exciting, keep in mind that they’re only selecting four women and four men. One woman and one man will join the national team in one of these sports:

  • Bobsled
  • Skeleton
  • Track cycling
  • Rugby

Who should go?

  • Current and former high school athletes
  • Current and former college athletes
  • Current and former professional athletes
  • Anyone else who thinks they have what it takes to be an Olympian

In short, athlete, athlete, athlete — oh, and you too. Right. Our advice: If you think you have what it takes to be an Olympian, we recommend being young and having a very good to great level of fitness–and if you’re going for track cycling, know that you’re coming out of that program with massive thighs. If you’re like me and have a ton of Olympic spirit with an Olympic ring around my gut, you’re going to have to show a lot of potential, mental determination and moxie to make it through the first test. Or hit up one of the Bobsled and Skeleton combines to try there without the cameras rolling.

Want to go for the gold? Register at 24 Hour Fitness or at Team USA. If you go, report back to us and tell us what the experience was like! Hit us up on Facebook with your pictures and experience.

 

Athletes · Bobsled · Olympians

Death Reels Bobsled World

This spring, USA Bobsled & Skeleton has been reeling from the unexpected death of Olympian Steven Holcomb, who passed away on May 6. Yesterday, the organization announced, “The toxicology results indicate Holcomb had a fatal combination of the prescription sleep aid Eszopiclone/Zopiclone (Lunesta) in his system as well as a .18% blood alcohol concentration.” The coroner’s report also found evidence of pulmonary congestion.

Holcomb was 37, and at the time of death, he was in Lake Placid, NY, for training. He’d been prepping for the 2018 Olympics, including doing some promotional shoots for NBC.

Although he battled keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, he learned how to drive a bobsled based on feel. The disease nearly took his sight, but he had a surgery called C3-R that restored it to nearly perfect.

Holcomb piloted bobsleds in three Olympics: Torino, Vancouver and Sochi. Driving the infamous “Night Train” in Vancouver, he led the team to the U.S.’ first gold medal in the event in 62 years. Four years later, he won bronze in both the two- and four-man bobsled–the two-man was the first American medal in the sport since 1952.

Here’s a look at the Night Train’s gold medal moment:

A memorial fund’s been set up in Holcomb’s honor. The family will distribute the money to keratoconus patients and elite athletes who need financial support.