March 3, 2012
Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. congratulates USA on World Championship successes
Project now constructing medal-winning sleds for 2014 Winter Games
CHESTER, Conn. – The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. expresses its joy and congratulates United States bobsledders on their World Championship successes last weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y.
On the heels of Steve Holcomb’s three gold medals and a bronze from Elana Meyers comes news that the 20-year old Bo-Dyn initiative, started by NASCAR legend and Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine with race car builder Bob Cuneo, has started production on the technology that will strive to bring home medals at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and beyond.
“The achievements of our athletes have been a source of pride for those of us that remember the way it used to be not that long ago,” said Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. President Phil Kurze. “Steve and his Night Train crew have etched their place not only in American bobsled history, but internationally as well. And our women are developing depth and experience, too. Come the Games in Sochi, Steve, Elana and their teammates will be a force. And the Bo-Dyn Project will endeavor to help them reach the pinnacle of the sport.”
Cuneo’s fabrication shop, at Chassis Dynamics in Oxford, Conn., is the birthplace of the Bo-Dyn product. It has developed six Olympic medal-winning sleds since 2002. Cuneo has already started working on the prototypes for the next few seasons. Holcomb plans on seeing Cuneo’s preliminary work at Chassis Dynamics in the ensuing months.
“We know this success in Lake Placid will not sit well with the competition,” said Cuneo. “Holcomb’s domination will only incense the Germans, Russians, Swiss, Latvians and other nations. Our athletes are fully aware of this, and we know they will be physically and mentally prepared for the challenges of the next two seasons leading up to Sochi. We want to help them succeed, and we’ll be up to that challenge with them.”
At the World Championships in Lake Placid, Holcomb, the 2010 Olympic four-man champion in the same Night Train sled, became the first U.S. pilot to win both the two-man and four-man titles at the same Worlds. He added a team gold medal to that collection.
His two-man victory secured the Max Houben Memorial Trophy, named after the Olympic medal winner from Belgium, who died tragically in a crash in Lake Placid on the original bobsled course in 1949. Lake Placid residents created this annual tribute.
Holcomb’s four-man championship gave him the Martineau Cup, symbolic of domination in that event, and named after Major Hubert Martineau, head of the St. Moritz Bobsled Club and instrumental in the founding of the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.
The Max Houben Trophy and the Martineau Cup are akin to holding the Stanley Cup trophy.
Holcomb joins bobsled legends such as Meinhard Nehmer, Wolfgang Hoppe, Christoph Langen, Eugenio Monti, Wolfgang Zimmer and Andre Lange as winners of the Martineau Cup.
The American has captured this prestigious honor in three of the last four years. His 2009 triumph brought the Martineau Cup to the U.S. for the first time since 1959.
Holcomb’s Olympic title in Vancouver also ended a 62-year gold medal drought for the U.S. at the Games.
“With world class athletes, superior drivers and the best equipment, the Bo-Dyn Project would like to believe that such gaps between medals will not occur,” continued Kurze. “In a highly competitive environment, we remain committed to these people who reach for the stars. As they push themselves, they are pushing us, too, to develop technology that will put them on top of the world.”
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