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Schaaf writes about transition from sled to announcing booth

February 16th, 2014 by cstark

Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf wrote a guest blog for Entertainment Weekly.

The skeleton athlete turned Olympic bobsledder (she was fifth in 2010 Games) turned NBC broadcaster writes:

I spent the first five years of my 12-year sliding career competing in skeleton before transitioning to the pilot seat of a bobsled. Twelve years of professional sleigh riding? Sounds like a Christmas movie starring the Lawrence brothers! But the few who have had the chance to give bobsled or skeleton a try just for “fun,” soon realize that it’s far too hardcore for made-for-TV movies. That is unless your brand of “fun” involves climbing into a washing machine, setting it on spin, getting pushed off a hill and slamming into boulders the whole way down. It is an almost violent 60 seconds, and something most people rarely want to repeat.

Here’s the full blog.

It sounds like she’s having a blast in Sochi. Here’s a recent tweet from Bree:

Heard @meredithvieira AND @MLauer just said my name! Always hoped it would be after a medal, still pretty darn cool! #Sochi2014 @NBCOlympics

Here’s Bree calling John Daly’s disappointing run in the skeleton. The American had a bad start and Schaaf calls it right away. “Oh no! ….”

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