JOHNSON CITY – Christopher Kinney, a student at East Tennessee State University, has been named to the men’s bobsled national team for Team USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
He will push for bobsledder Codie Bascue and will compete in the world cup games in the upcoming weeks.
Kinney, of Stockbridge, Ga., is a student in the Master of Business Administration program and began training at the ETSU Olympic Training Site earlier this year. He recently competed in the National Push Championship in Calgary and pushed Bascue well enough to qualify for the national team.
Kinney previously was an All-American hurdler.
“Chris is our first scholarship athlete in bobsledding to qualify for the national team,” said Dr. Brad DeWeese, ETSU assistant professor for exercise and sport science. “In just a short amount of time he went from being a rookie competing in the North American Cup to being named to the national team.”
DeWeese noted that the national team is comprised of the top 14 athletes in the country.
In 2014, the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation and the U.S. Olympic Committee designated ETSU as an official Olympic training site for the national bobsled and skeleton teams. Since then, numerous elite athletes have traveled to Johnson City to train at the ETSU facility. Two of those athletes completed in the Rio games earlier this year.
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