Former Olympic track and field star Edwin Moses topped a list of a dozen athletes selected Thursday to compete on the U.S. Bobsled National Team for the 1990-91 season.
Team selections were based on a nationwide, six-item fitness test conducted in July and a week-long series of push training clinics that concluded Sept. 16th.Athletes were judged on their performances on a simulated track.
"The push track is the best means of testing athletes before putting them on ice," said Tony Carlino, head coach for USA Bobsled. "We really have no means of establishing a team before ice time. The schedule is such that we must select a team in advance of the tracks being open, and this makes the push track and the National Push Championships critical."
Besides Moses, of Newport Beach, Calif., the team includes: Brian Shimer, Naples, Fla.; Chuck Leonowicz, Clifton Park, N.Y.; James "Bubba" Womack, Brunswick, Ga.; Jeff Woodard, Schenectady, N.Y.; Bryan Leturgez, Cedar Lake, Ind.; Chris Conrad, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; Carey Winslett, San Antonio, Texas; Todd Snevely, Burnt Hills, N.Y.; Peter Blount, Orlando, Fla.; Chris Green, Plymouth, Pa.; and Greg Harrell, Laurel, Md.
The national team will depart for Calgary, Alberta, in mid-October for World Cup competition. The team will return to Lake Placid in December to participate in raceoffs to determine a World Team, which will complete on the World Cup circuit and in the World Championships.
Olympic they hope to select a team next March.
Wide receiver Willie Gault of the Los Angeles Raiders was in the running for a spot on the team. He scored high on the summer fitness tests and, along with Moses and Womack, was part of a track record-setting push in the competition earlier this month. However, he was not selected for the team because his football schedule would conflict with that of the bobsledders.
Gault and running back Herschel Walker of the Minnesota Vikings, who also took the summer fitness test but was unable to attend the push championships, will be considered for selection for the team's winter trip that begins in January, said David Heim, executive director of the U.S. Bobsled Federation.