Car manufacturer BMW is apparently getting into the bobsled game and announced Wednesday that it’s been working on a new two-man sled for the USBSF that could be ready in time for the 2014 Olympics.
“We’re no strangers to sport performance characteristics such as agility, speed and aerodynamics,” Ludwig Willisch, CEO for BMW of North America, told the Associated Press. “We can’t wait to see this finished sled on the ice.”
BMW, which is signed up as an official sponsor of the U.S Olympic Committee, as well as the speed skating, track, bobsled and skeleton teams through 2016, hopes to increase the speed and “overall sport performance” of the U.S. sled by using its EfficientDynamics technology, which includes lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and chassis dynamics similar to their top line cars.
A prototype that BMW creative director Michael Scully called “recognizably different” has already been delivered to the U.S. team. Vancouver Olympic champ Steve Holcombe took it for a test drive in Utah earlier this year and the sled could make its competitive debut as early as this World Cup season, but no date is set.
There’s also no word yet on how the German team feels about a German car company improving the medal chances of its U.S. rivals, but we’ve seen “Cool Runnings” and can only imagine the animosity is palpable.
Katie Ledecky rewrote the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center pool record book in her first college home meet.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist broke pool records in winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in a dual meet with Washington State on Thursday.
Ledecky clocked 1:44.18 in the 200-yard free, which broke Olympic champion teammate Simone Manuel‘s mark of 1:44.34 from last year.
The NCAA Championships winning time from last season was 1:42.42. Ledecky’s personal best in the event is 1:41.04. The American record is 1:39.10 by Missy Franklin.
About 45 minutes later, Ledecky won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.43, breaking 2008 Olympian Julia Smit‘s pool record of 4:41.74.
The NCAA Championships winning time from last season was 4:31.33. Ledecky’s personal best is 4:26.58, which doubles as the American record.
Ledecky passed up millions in endorsement dollars to swim collegiately.
The Stanford women’s swim team hosts Texas on Nov. 12, streamed live.
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Nick Symmonds, the outspoken two-time U.S. Olympic 800m runner, said he thinks he’s going to try and compete one more season.
“I really want to make one more worlds team,” Symmonds said in a Facebook video Thursday. “I’ve just got to make sure my ankle holds up.”
Symmonds, 32, last raced May 18 and missed the Olympic Trials due to a left ankle injury. He said Thursday that he’s 100 percent healthy and running 40 miles per week.
On June 30, Symmonds said after withdrawing before the Olympic Trials that he “could possibly” compete one more year, but the decision would come down to whether his apparel sponsor, Brooks, wanted to extend his contract beyond 2016.
The 2013 World Championships silver medalist said he had accomplished all of his running goals except for winning an Olympic medal (he was fifth in 2012) and completing a marathon.
In 2015, Symmonds won his sixth U.S. 800m title but missed the world championships due to a contract dispute with USA Track and Field.
Once he retires, Symmonds has said he wants to climb the tallest mountain on every continent.
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