Olympic Bobsled makes appearance in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY – A real, 4-man bobsled that raced down the Lake Placid Olympic track in 1980 is now in Oklahoma. The 485 pound, fiberglass bobsled was used by former Olympic bobsledder, Sean Morgan. He was part of a Winter Olympic themed night at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.
Morgan is from a family of 11 and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. He coaches and develops young bobsledders. Currently, five U.S. Winter Olympians now in Sochi, Russia trained under Morgan. Morgan said the thrill of zipping down an icy track at more than 80 miles per hour can be summed up easily, “It’s addictive. It’s pure adrenalin. You get hooked on it.”
The bobsled you see here was once used by former college football great and NFL star, Herschel Walker. According to Morgan, bobsleds today are now made out of Kevlar and are much lighter than the fiberglass bobsled pictured here. “Now we have Jeff Bodine, former race car driving great and BMW, the German automaker, building our bobsleds now,” said Morgan.
If you would like to buy a fancy, new Kevlar bobsled it will cost you more than $100,000 dollars. Morgan also has a brother, also a former Olympian, living in Oklahoma City and another brother and Olympian, John Morgan who will provide color commentary on the bobsled competition from Sochi starting Sunday, February 16th.
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