Two-time Olympic bobsled competitor Nick Cunningham wanted to be a race car driver, but in the sport of bobsled he found the thrill he was seeking. “It’s loud, you’re getting rocked back and forth…The controlled chaos is what brings us back every day,” said Cunningham. “I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”
According to a news release, Cunningham and nearly 40 athletes from the USA Skeleton and Bobsled teams stopped by the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain, N.Y., Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Aug. 27 for a meet-and-greet event with KOA campers and the general public. Members of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton teams spoke with attendees about the sports, then helped coach young competitors in a swim/bike/run triathlon for kids held during the event.
Cunningham spoke to a robust crowd about the sport of bobsledding, and Gracie Clapp-Taylor discussed skeleton racing. Kids were invited to sit in an actual bobsled and try out a skeleton sled, and team members signed autographs for the attendees.
The athletes then helped coach kids in a triathlon-style event, participated in the scavenger hunt around the campground, and stayed to enjoy a barbecue and live entertainment with the audience and raise money for KOA Care Camps to send children with cancer to attend medically supervised camps.
KOA is a sponsor of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton teams and hosted the event. Cunningham and team members expressed enthusiasm for the event and for being able to spend time with kids motivating them to possibly pursue a future in Olympic sports.