Bobsled World Cup in Lake Placid offers Olympic preview for Team USA

November 08, 2017 06:35 PM

We are less than 100 days away from the start of the Winter Olympics. Wednesday, in New York state, some of the best athletes in the world are competing for spots in South Korea.

The Bobsled World Cup is going on Lake Placid, the first major step in the quest to join Team USA in the Winter Olympics for bobsledders from the United States.

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Team USA will be decided on a points system earned by top finishers at these World Cup events and Lake Placid is their first opportunity to earn those points. But the road to Pyongchang started long before this week for athletes from America. We caught up with former Team USA bobsledder John Napier who competed in Vancouver in 2010 and works with Team USA. He described the dedication it takes to represent America in front of the world.

"It took me 14 years to earn a spot on the Olympic team and a lot people don't see the countless hours training and running and lifting during the summer to gain weight to push these sleds," says John Napier, USA Bobsled forerunner. "Plus the thousands and thousands of dollars put into our equipment itself, so it's a really time and labor-intensive sport. The Olympics is two weeks every four years. The training and preparation that four years leading into the games is extensive."

Speaking of the training it takes to be an Olympian, fans of the Summer Olympics will recognize a runner from those games competing at the Bobsled World Cup: Lolo Jones is competing.


Rich Donnelly

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