If a new bobsled track opens in a few years in Summit County, two Salt Lake residents may find themselves at home on its icy surface.
Jeff Brown and Tim Homer, both 24, have recently been named as members of the U.S. Bobsled Team after attending tryouts held in Provo in June. The event was one of 12 preliminary tryouts held throughout the country.Brown and Homer were invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., to begin training sessions held by the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. The team is headquartered in Lake Placid, the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Brown and Homer will travel to Europe between November and May to train and compete with the U.S. team. Brown, a graduate of Olympus High School and a 1990 graduate of the University of Utah, was a member of the university's track team, where he excelled in the 400-meter hurdles.
Homer is a student at the University of Utah and an employee of Delta Air Lines.
Bobsled athletes typically require a combination of strength training and speed to compete well in the sport. Bobsleds can weigh up to 1,400 pounds when fully loaded with four men, and sleds hurtle down icy tracks at speeds of up to 90 mph.