A fter several weeks off for the holidays, Codie Bascue was back in action last weekend, picking up some valuable experience on the European Cup.
Bascue teamed with Michael McCarty (Hudson, Ohio) and Dallas Irvin (Salt Lake City, Utah) for 27th and 16th place finishes, respectively, in the men’s two-man bobsled races.
According to Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing and Communications director, Bascue took some risks in the first run and missed the cutoff for the final heat.
“These results aren’t exactly what I had hoped for going into the European Cup,” Bascue said. “There were a few bumps in the road during the week and some risky decisions made before the first two-man race, but we got through it and all of the push athletes pushed their hearts out.”
Bascue teamed with Irvin the next day to improve by 11 spots with a 16th place finish after clocking a total time of 1:46.88.
Bascue finished 19th in both four-man bobsled races he competed. His crew was in 21st after a first run of 52.61 seconds and did not qualify for a second heat, but he moved into 19th after one team crashed and another pulled out of the final. Bascue stepped it up in the second four-man bobsled race, piecing together two runs of 52.64 and 52.82 seconds for a combined time of 1:45.46 to earn 19th.
Bascue will next compete on the European Tour in St. Moritz, Switzerland later this week.
Ryan Sweeney was also in action, only days after arriving in Europe.
The skeleton athlete competed in a pair of races, held last weekend in Koenigssee, Germany.
Sweeney finished 26th and 24th in two races. His time of 53.98 in the second race was more than a quarter second faster than his time in the first race.
Alex Ivanov was the top U.S. finisher, placing 18th and 13th, respectively.
Like Bascue, Sweeney will compete on the European Cup later this week as the venue shifts to Switzerland.