USA Bobsled National Team named for 2022-2023 season
by USA Bobsled/Skeleton
Lake Placid, N.Y. (October 10, 2022) – USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS) announced today the 18 athletes selected to compete on the 2022-2023 USA Bobsled National Team that will represent the U.S. in World Cup competitions.
“Year one of the Olympic quadrennial is always exciting because you have a mix of athletes with a wealth of experience and success, and a crop of entirely new athletes just starting their careers,” said USABS Director of Sports Performance and Olympic gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz. “There’s a lot of opportunity for this team to grow and succeed this winter, and I’m personally looking forward to competitions returning to the U.S. this season.”
Four-time Olympic medalist and three-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) will take the helm of USA-1 on the women’s team. Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) will pilot USA-2, and Riley Compton (Carmel, Ill.) makes her first national team appearance as the driver of USA-3.
Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) is taking the season off from competition since she and her husband, Nic Taylor, are expecting their second child together in November.
2022 Olympian Frankie Del Duca (Bethel, Maine) has earned his spot as pilot of USA-1 this season while Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) takes a season off. Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) has been assigned to USA-2.
The five women selected to the pool of push athletes are, in alphabetical order: 2014 Olympic medalist Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.), Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa.), Jestena Mattson (Parkdale, Ore.), Emily Renna (Fairport, N.Y.) and Macy Tarlton (Phoenix, Ariz.).
The eight men selected to the pool of push athletes are, in alphabetical order: two-time Olympian Hakeem Abdul Saboor (Powhatan, Va.), Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.), Martin Christofferson (Rapid City, S.D.), Freddie Harris (Dallas, Texas), Olympic track and field medalist Manteo Mitchell (Shelby, N.C.), Carsten Vissering (North Bethesda, Md.), Quintin Wiley (Bountiful, Utah), and 2022 Olympian Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Pilots were selected based on the 2021-2022 International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) rankings. The push athletes were selected based on a number of factors, including individual and combination push championship results, former international and national race results, and combine test results.
The World Cup returns to the U.S. this season for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will travel to Whistler, Canada to train before the first World Cup starts at the end of November on the 2010 Olympic track. The World Cup tour will then head to Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, N.Y. for the second and third stops of the season, respectively.
For media inquiries, please contact USABS Chief Executive Officer Aron McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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