Former Boise State athlete makes U.S. Olympic bobsled team

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTSJanuary 20, 2014 

Nick Cunningham and Andreas Drbal speed down the track during the two-man race Saturday at the Bobsled World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria. The duo finished 15th.

KERSTIN JOENSSON — The Associated Press

Nick Cunningham is headed to Sochi for his second stint as an Olympian.

The former Boise State track and field athlete was selected for the U.S. bobsled team Sunday after a fourth-place finish in a World Cup event in Austria. He’s part of a star-studded roster that includes Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams on the women’s side.

The U.S. qualified three men’s two-man sleds and two four-man sleds for Sochi. Reigning Olympic four-man champion Steven Holcomb will drive USA-1 and Cunningham will be at the control of USA-2 in both disciplines.

Holcomb and his crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt will be USA-1. Holcomb snapped a 62-year U.S. gold medal drought in the four-man event at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and now will try to give the U.S. its first two-man gold since 1936.

Cunningham placed 12th in two-man and 13th in four-man in Vancouver.

“When I get to walk in the Opening Ceremonies with USA on my back in Russia (for next month’s Winter Games in Sochi), it will make all the sacrifices worth it,” Cunningham told the Monterey (Calif.) Herald last week.

Other athletes with Idaho ties who are already in:

• Sara Studebaker, Boise, biathlon: Boise High grad making her second Olympic appearance.

• Hilary Knight, Sun Valley, women’s hockey: She already has an NCAA title (Wisconsin), silver medal (2010 in Vancouver).

• Nate Holland, Sandpoint, snowboardcross: X Games, Olympic standout is back.

Still trying to make team are Erik Fisher (downhill), Boise, and Hailey Duke (slalom), Boise/Ketchum: Both skiers, who made the 2010 Olympic team, are in Europe this month chasing results and Sochi invites.

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