Nuff people say they know they can’t believe, Army they have a bobsled team. And those Army bobsledders are some of the best the country has to offer!
On Monday, Team USA, one of only three nations to qualify three sleds in two- and four-man events, announced its bobsled team and four Army or Army National Guard service members made the cut.
Driver Nick Cunningham is a Sergeant in the New York National Guard in the 1156 ENG CO, Vertical, and is a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He’s also an experienced Team USA member, having been a brakeman at the 2010 Olympics, before moving on to driving, where he finished 13th in two-man and 12th in four-man in 2014.
Cunningham isn’t the only Army National Guardsman driving; Sgt. Justin Olsen, also of the New York National Guard, will make his driving debut at the 2018 games. But it’s not his first visit to the Olympics. Olsen was on the bobsled team both in 2014 and 2010, as part of Steven Holcomb’s history-making crew that brought home America’s first gold medal in bobsled since 1948.
Also returning for his third Winter Olympics is Sochi bobsled team bronze-medal-winner Army Capt. Chris Fogt. Fogt originally thought his bobsledding days were behind him, but after learning he’d be staying in the country rather than deploying to Kuwait, he decided to work towards being a part of Team USA in 2018.
Last but certainly not least, 10th Special Forces Group Sgt. First Class Nathan Weber will be making his first Team USA appearance in PyeongChang. As a Green Beret, Weber trained for the event all over the world through multiple deployments. At one point, he even found himself doing 40-yard sprints in the Afghan desert while his base’s C-RAM fired at an incoming mortar right above his head!
— Nate Weber (@NateWeberActual) January 16, 2018
Be sure to cheer on Cunningham, Olsen, Fogt, Weber and all of their Team USA colleagues during the 2018 Winter Olympics, from February 9 through 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.