Bobsledder Schaaf’s latest blog explains how pilots, pushers are paired

This is how Olympic sprinter Lauryn Willliams became Bree Schaaf’s bobsled prom date for the U.S. bobsled trials. The process of how the teams are put together are the subject of Bree’s latest Team USA blog.

Bremerton’s Schaaf and Williams placed fourth during the first stage of the U.S. bobsled trials at Lake Placid, N.Y., over the weekend. That means the duo, providing they are teamed once again, will likely need a second-place finish at the Oct. 25 trials race in Park City, Utah, in order to earn a spot on the U.S. World Cup team.

And if you’re not on the World Cup team, chances of being on the Olympic team for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, are not good.

Schaaf and Emily Azevedo placed fifth at the 2010 Olympics. Azevedo, a member of the U.S. national team, did not compete in Saturday’s trials in Lake Placid.

Following the trials, U.S. coaches will have the final say on putting the teams together.


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