Local bobsled athletes named to U.S. national team

In 2015, KGW's Art Edwards profiled Sam Michener, a 2007 graduate of Barlow High School, when he was training to earn a spot on the U.S. National Bobsled Team.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two local athletes were among 15 athletes named to the U.S. National Bobsled Team on Saturday.

USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) named three pilots as well a pool of 12 push athletes who will compete for three pusher positions on the squad that will compete at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

Portland's Ryan Bailey and Gresham's Sam Michener are among the 12 push athletes. It is the first national team berth for Bailey, a 2007 graduate of Douglas McKay High School in Salem. Michener, who graduated in 2005 from Barlow High School in Gresham, is a returning national team veteran.

Bailey ran track in the 2012 London Olympic Games, but has been competing in bobsled since 2016.

On Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y., Bailey and Michener joined Nick Cunningham and Chris Kinney to win the USA Bobsled National Team Trials race. Cunningham was one of the three pilots named to the national team, while Kinney is one of the 12 push athletes.

The PyeongChang Olympics begin Feb. 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

KGW FILE VIDEO: Michener speaks about trying to make the U.S. National Bobsled Team in 2015

 

KGW FILE VIDEO: Bailey talks about training as a sprinter prior to the 2012 Olympic Games

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