Lake Placid (RWH) Bobsleigh Olympic Champion Justin Olsen (USA) is ending his career as an athlete and is moving to the coaching team of the national federation USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS). This was announced in a USABS press release. At USABS, he now works as a start coach for the athletes in bobsleigh and skeleton sports. He is accompanied by Garrett Hines, another former USABS athlete. Hines won Olympic silver in 4-man bobsleigh at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City with pilot Todd Hays.
Justin Olsen won 2010 Olympic gold in Vancouver in 4-man bobsleigh with the team of pilot Steven Holcomb. Together with Holcomb, Olsen also became World Champion in 4-man bobsleigh in 2009 and 2012 and claimed seven World Cup victories. The 33-year-old made his first starts as a pilot in the 2010 North America Cup before finally switching to the steering ropes in 2016. Justin Olsen achieved a podium finish as 2-man bobsleigh pilot at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Lake Placid (USA) in November 2017. ©RWH2020
Photo (IBSF / Viesturs Lacis): Justin Olsen (left) and Evan Weinstock winning BMW IBSF World Cup bronze in Lake Placid (November 2017)