January 29, 2013
The United States team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones , won gold Sunday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men's and women's skeleton. The U.S. team edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track. Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was 1.7 seconds faster than German rival Marion Thees to lead the United States to victory with an overall time of 4 minutes, 31.29 seconds.
November 17, 2012
Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, 90, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, has died Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1922, Mr. Morgan attended the bobsled races at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, getting a ride on the shoulders of American gold medalist Billy Fiske, and was hooked. After serving as a bombardier in World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Morgan started sliding actively in the 1950s and won the national championship as a brakeman in 1959 with neighbor Tuffy Latour.
February 27, 2012
A week after winning the two-man gold at the world championships, Steven Holcomb was the class of the field in four-man bobsled Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb and his crew finished a half-second ahead of Maximilian Arndt of Germany. The American's triumph last week in two-man was a first for the United States at worlds since two-man began in 1931. Only two other pilots have ever completed a sweep. Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup Super G in Bansko, Bulgaria, to become the career leader in the discipline.
February 19, 2006 |
As a German team raced to the lead in the two-man bobsled competition at Cesana yesterday, the United States and several other countries were considering protests over the possibility that illegal sleds were used by the Germans. Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske led the field after two runs, with the final two runs scheduled today. The top American duo, Todd Hays and Pavle Jovanovic, ranked sixth. "I don't know what the deal is, but they're just absolutely flying," Jovanovic, a native of Toms River, N.J., said of the Germans.
February 5, 2006 |
I had the most exhilarating and frightening 51.48 seconds of my life on the Comet, the four-man bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park. When my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Park City, Utah, last year for the Sundance Film Festival, we jumped at the chance. Before we left on our trip, my wife was most excited about planning which films we would see, whereas I was most excited about planning my bobsled ride. I didn't even think twice about it. I love roller-coasters - how could the Olympic bobsled be much different?
December 19, 2005 |
Todd Hays and the United States 1 team won a four-man bobsled World Cup race yesterday in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. Hays, Pavle Jovanovic, Bill Schuffenhauer and Steve Mesler clocked the fastest time in both runs at the Eugenio Monti track for a combined time of 1 minute, 44.86 seconds. Germany's Matthias Hoepfner and Switzerland's Martin Annen led their teams to a tied second place. Annen leads the World Cup overall standings with 325 points after four events. Italy's Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy.
February 24, 2002 |
The finish line of the bobsled run at Bear Hollow last night looked like Times Square at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The drivers, pushers, brakemen and coaches of the two sleds representing the United States made the most noise. They hugged and high-fived everyone in the area, and they hadn't even won the Olympic four-man bobsled medal. That didn't really matter, however. For the first time since 1956, a U.S. men's bobsled had won a medal in the Winter Olympics.
February 23, 2002 |
Todd Hays can end 46 years of slips, slides and sunken feelings for U.S. men's bobsled in his next 90 or so seconds on ice. Hays drove the USA-1 bobsled into first place yesterday after the first two heats of the four-man event, and with a couple of more strong runs he might finally end a U.S. men's medal drought dating to 1956. "We're excited and happy," said brakeman Garrett Hines, who twice has missed winning a medal by the blink of an eye. Hays, a former linebacker at Tulsa, blasted down the Utah Olympic Park course in 1 minute, 33.26 seconds.
February 20, 2002 |
Through all the drama and heartbreak that rode down the track aboard the No. 1 U.S. women's bobsled, the driver of that "other sled" for the host nation at the Winter Olympics stayed prepared, focused and determined. Jill Bakken, the pilot of USA 2, had waited a lifetime for this opportunity. Last night, paired with Vonetta Flowers, the first black athlete from any country ever to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, she performed the two runs of her career at Utah Olympic Park and outshined her more publicized teammates to win the first-ever gold medal in women's bobsled.
February 19, 2002 |
The soap opera that is U.S. women's bobsled had threatened to take another unexpected turn, but the principals involved say everything is going to be all right. Gea Johnson, the controversial choice of driver Jean Racine to be the brakeman on the U.S. No. 1 sled, aggravated a left hamstring injury during Saturday's training runs. Johnson participated in only one of Sunday's two practice runs and did not push at full speed. A spokeswoman for the U.S. bobsled team said yesterday that Johnson was undergoing treatment and should be ready by the time the Olympic debut of the two-woman bobsled competition gets under way late this afternoon at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.