Bascue heads to Austria

W hitehall’s Codie Bascue is continuing to expand his horizons, as his bobsledding competitions take him all over North American and will soon have him traveling to Europe.

According to his father, Craig, Bascue is ranked first among all international bobsledders who are under 20, 12th among the Juniors (under 26) and 40th in the world.

During February vacation, he will be traveling to Austria for training, then will be back to train in Lake Placid and possibly to compete in the final Americas Cup competition in Lake Placid in April.

One of the more unusual aspects of his most recent trip was that not only did he drive his two-man sled, but he was also asked to be part of the push team on four-man sled driven by Nick Cunningham during a competition in Calgary. Cunningham was a push man during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and is now driving. This was the first time Bascue took part in a four-man competition.

He went into the trip coming off his sixth-and eighth-place finishes in the Americas Cup races at Lake Placid last month and placed 12th and 14th in the competition at Calgary, despite having only four practice runs. His brakeman in both events was 26-year-old Californian Kameron Hart.

His next trip was to the Junior World Championships in Park City, Utah, where he competed against the top drivers in the world under age 26, including a number of Olympians.

During practice runs, he had one of the fastest sleds and at one point hit 83.8 mph.

His father picks up the story from there.

“On race day however bad weather moved in it warmed up and had severe wind gusts and blowing snow. This slowed the ice down significantly, and took away the advantage Codie had,” Craig Bascue said. “Codie, being only 16, struggles at the start to get pushes that are competitive with the older adults. The push is so critical in bobsledding, but on a fast track Codie does a good job making up the time with his driving ability on the track.”

That is more difficult on a slow track. In both heats, Bascue was 15th after the start and drove his way to ninth by the end of the runs.

He was 10th in the race, finishing barely behind the next two racers. His goal was a top 10 finish.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress 12/19/14

North Country Freepress – 12/19/14

Weekender 12/12/14

Lakes Region Freepress 12/19/14

Classifieds 12/17/14

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

Dog Salon

By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

What are you drinking?

Whitehall water

By Dan King If you live in the Village of Whitehall, your drinking water is perfectly healthy. That’s what the […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]