Ryan Bailey, who finished fifth in the London Olympic 100m and anchored the 2012 U.S. 4x100m relay team, is the latest sprinter to transition to bobsled.
Bailey “set the bar” in combine tests ahead of Saturday’s U.S. push championships for prospective push athletes on two- and four-man bobsleds, according to U.S. Bobsled.
Bailey, 31, missed the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, slowed by a hamstring injury at the Trials in July.
If Bailey makes it onto the national bobsled team, he would be following recent U.S. Olympic women’s sprinters.
Lauryn Williams, the 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist, and Lolo Jones, a two-time Olympic 100m hurdler, were push athletes at the Sochi Olympics as the ninth and 10th Americans to make Summer and Winter Olympic teams.
Other track athletes — sprinter Tianna Bartoletta and heptathlete Hyleas Fountain — also made brief forays into bobsled after the 2012 London Olympics.
The most notable recent male track and field Olympians to try bobsled were 1980s stars Edwin Moses and Renaldo Nehemiah, but neither made it all the way to the Winter Games.
The last male Summer Olympian to make a U.S. Olympic bobsled team was 1968 Olympic 110m hurdles champion Willie Davenport, who finished 12th in the four-man bobsled at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games.
Davenport is the most recent American man to make Summer and Winter Olympic teams.
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2012 Olympian and 100m specialist, @rbailey_sprints is in Lake Placid right now for a Team USA Bobsled Rookie Camp. Ryan Bailey is 6-4, 215lbs with a 100m best of 9.88s – To say he has potential in the sport is an understatement – There is a preliminary push competition at the end of the week, so we'll be able to see how Ryan does very soon. There are also several decathletes at the rookie camp this week – all testing their skills and trying to make the cut. Good luck to all! #TeamUSA #Bobsled #LakePlacid #OlympicTrainingCenter #OTC #Sprint #TrackAndField #100m #Decathlon #