JOHNSON CITY – Seven athletes who recently trained at the Olympic Training Site at East Tennessee State University will compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Earlier this week, USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced the members of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team, which will include Chris Kinney, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor and Steve Langton. Kinney is a graduate student at ETSU.
John Daly will return to the USA Skeleton team. A two-time skeleton Olympian, Daly served as the visiting Olympian for ETSU’s Olympic Day 2017 last June.
The 2018 U.S. Olympic Luge Team will include Chris Mazdzer.
And, for the first time in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, the country of Nigeria will be represented by a three-woman bobsled team, which will be driven by Seun Adigun.
These six athletes visited the ETSU campus last summer for training.
Lachlan Reidy, who will be Brakeman for the Australian Men’s Bobsleigh Team, has also spent time at ETSU’s Olympic Training Site in the past.
“This is certainly a surreal moment knowing that over a half-dozen athletes are joining their respective Olympic teams after honing their skills here at ETSU,” said Dr. Brad DeWeese, an associate professor of Sport, Exercise, Recreation and Kinesiology. “Sharing this journey and moment with the campus community and surrounding region is an honor.”
The Olympic Training Site at ETSU is part of the Center of Excellence in Sport Science and Coach Education in the Clemmer College of Education.
“We are so proud of the announcement this week regarding the number of athletes who train at our site and have been selected for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea,” said Meg Stone, director of the Olympic Training Site. “This is truly a testament to a great team effort and support these athletes found here at ETSU.”
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