The Night Train Bobsled arrives at Utah Olympic Park

Driving the bobsled nicknamed Night Train, USA-1 pilot Steve Holcomb of Park City, Utah along with his team captured the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada for the first US win in 62 years. The Night Train bobsled with state-of-the art engineering was designed and built by Bob Cuneo as part of the non-profit Bo-Dyn Project, founded by former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine.

In response to the great interest in the Night Train, Utah Olympic Park Track Manager, David Dinger, had a four-man bobsled designed to replicate that of the original Olympic Gold Medal sled so guests at Utah Olympic Park can have the opportunity to see, touch, hop-in and take photos.

The USA-1 victory also sparked a demand for merchandise with the Night Train logo. To meet the desire of sporting this unique design, Utah Olympic Park gift shop has stocked up on Night Train t-shirts, hoodies, baseball hats, and beanies. Night Train whistles are on the way. Proceeds from all merchandise sold at Utah Olympic Park will benefit athlete development programs and proceeds from Night Train merchandise also goes toward the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project in the construction of sleds for members of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

In addition, the success of the US Bobsled and Skeleton teams has drawn increased attention to the sports. Pat Brown, Utah Olympic Park Bobsled and Skeleton Head Coach, said “”The season after an Olympics is always a rebuilding year. This is the best time for athletes to get involved in the sport. The odds for making the U.S. National Team are much higher. The first step to making the team is participation in a free skills evaluation session. Based on the evaluation, you may invited to participate in the U.S. National Team Trials in September 2010.”

Unlike many sports, bobsled and skeleton athletes are able to start at an older age and progress fairly quickly to a highly competitive level. Athletes who are 14 years or older have the opportunity to try their skills at sprinting, jumping and lifting to see if bobsled or skeleton would be a good fit for them. Times scheduled for this free opportunity are July 17 at Park City High School in Park City, Utah at 9 a.m. and August 21 and September 18 at Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah at 9 a.m. A camp is also scheduled for 18 – 26 year olds who are interested in learning more about the sport s. More information about these programs can be found at http://www.olyparks.com , email pat.brown@olyparks.com or by calling (435) 658-4252.

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