We are proud to introduce you to Hunter Church as part of the Byte Family. Hunter has the sport of bobsledding coursing through his veins and has been obsessed ever since the tender age of seven, which is when he took his first ride on the Mount Van Hoevenberg track. He is a third-generation bobsledder, which is unheard of in the history of the sport pertaining to the United States. Now Hunter is poised to shock the world in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, representing the United States as the bobsled pilot in both the two and four man teams. We are hoping Hunter is giving the world's dominating teams of Russia, Austria and Germany something to think about as the games approach. Join us as we cheer Hunter and Team USA on this February in what is to be sure, a very entertaining Winter Olympics.
In honor of Hunter and the great Olympic Games, here are a few fun facts about Olympic Bobsledding.
Olympic Bobsledding has been around for a long time!
The first Olympic bobsled competition took place at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympic Games. Switzerland claimed the top prize of a gold medal, while Great Britain and Belgium finished with the silver and bronze respectively.
Ever wonder how Bobsledding got its name?
Bobbing back and forth is a way for the athletes to attempt to gain speed on their sleds. In fact, this is where the term “bobsled” derived from and it helped the athletes gain speeds of over 80 MPH while on the track. Adding weights to the front of the sled is another way for the teams to gain more speed, and it's legal despite what you might have seen in Cool Runnings.
The United States have been largely influential in both the innovation and sled design of bobsledders in the 20th century making them successful with 24 total metals, but more recently, teams from Germany and Switzerland have dominated international competition. We feel 2022 is the year we see our bobsledding team back on the podium as we get ready to cheer them on in this year's Winter Olympics. Join us in cheering Team USA by using #bobbingforgold and we will see you in Beijing.