As a proud partner of the of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, BMW congratulates both the men and women's U.S. Bobsled teams on their performances in the two-man bobsled event. The men took home a bronze medal, while the women won both silver and bronze medals. This commitment to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams also includes partnering with USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, US Speed skating and USA Bobsled and Skeleton. But that's not all. BMW has also assembled the BMW Performance Team to help Team USA athletes as they strive to reach their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
The men and women's U.S. Bobsled Team's quest for glory at the Olympic Games in Sochi is powered by a new BMW-designed two-man sled.
BMW is using their vehicle technology and engineering to create tools that will help improve performance. Most recently, they collaborated with the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to redesign Team USA’s two-man bobsled. Designers leveraged the principles of BMW EfficientDynamics—advanced mobility solutions that improve efficiency without sacrificing performance–to create the new bobsled. It’s constructed with lightweight carbon fiber, the same intelligent material that the electric BMW i Concept vehicles boast. BMW hopes Team USA will earn their first Olympic Gold medal in the event since 1936.
That’s not the only innovation BMW has helped develop. A motion tracking system has been created for USA Swimming. It automatically captures the power of a swimmer’s kick and pull and then provides a performance data analysis for coaches. This new technology helps evaluate how major and minor adjustments in form and technique affect overall performance.
The BMW Performance Team was formed to help Team USA athletes achieve their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. Each team member is passionate, talented and constantly striving to improve in his or her sport. And with BMW's support and innovations, members of the BMW Performance Team will be able to focus entirely on qualifying and training for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
As an accomplished track and field athlete, Steve Langton always loved watching the bobsled events during the Olympic Winter Games. After years of observing, Steve decided to apply for a spot at a U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation recruitment camp even though he had never actually competed in the sport. He was accepted and shortly thereafter earned himself a spot on the U.S. national team for the 2007 World Cup circuit and made his Olympic Winter Games debut at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Steve has medaled in multiple World Championship and World Cup competitions, including two World Championship titles in both two-man and four-man events in 2012. Most recently, he won a bronze medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Georgia native Elana Meyers knew she wanted to be an Olympian after attending the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Years later, she attended George Washington University where she was both a shortstop and pitcher for their Division 1 softball team. After being named to the ECAC Division 1 Softball All–StarTeam, it seemed like her Olympic dreams could actually come true. But unfortunately, the sport of softball was dropped from the Olympic Games roster. Not wanting to give up on her dream, Elana took up bobsledding. She made the U.S. Bobsled Team in her rookie season and went on to win a bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Since then, she's won multiple World Championship medals and been named the USBSF Female Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years. Ultimately, Elana hopes to add the one medal that is missing from her collection–Olympic gold. Most recently, she added a silver medal to her collection from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Speedskating is in Heather Richardson's blood. As the daughter of two competitive roller skaters, she started competitive inline skating at the age of nine. During her inline skating years, she racked up eleven World Championship medals. However, Heather had higher aspirations of competing in the Olympic Games. So in 2007, she followed the footsteps of other inline skaters turned ice skaters and took to the ice. Four short months later, she made the US Speedskating Team. After competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, she's gone on to win ten World Cup medals, three World Championship medals and most recently, ended the 2013 season by capturing the World Sprint Champion time with a new world record. As one of only four athletes in history who can claim that they are a World Champion on both roller and ice skates, Heather hopes to finally add an Olympic medal to an already impressive collection.
In 2004, former University of Nebraska football player Curt Tomasevicz decided to take up bobsledding. Two short years later, he made his Olympic Games debut at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games where he placed sixth. However, he would soon make his mark in the bobsled world. At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Curt and his teammates took home the gold medal for the four–man bobsled event, making history by winning the U.S. its first gold medal in bobsled in 62 years. Since then, Curt has competed in two-man and four-man events, as well as raced in the newly re–designed two–man bobsled by BMW. Now with Sochi on the horizon, Curt hopes to earn yet another Olympic gold medal.
When she was younger, Northern New Mexico native Alana Nichols would spend all her winters snowboarding in the nearby Colorado slopes. However, it all changed in 2000 when a snowboarding injury left her paralyzed from the waist down. Despite her injury, Alana was determined to stay active. After picking up wheelchair basketball in 2002, she continued to play the sport at the University of Arizona. After college, Alana made her Paralympic Games debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where she won a gold medal as a member of the US Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team. She also earned her masters in Kinesiology from the University of Alabama in 2008. Afterwards, Alana moved to Colorado to train in her dream sport, alpine skiing. Alana would go on to win two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. With those remarkable victories, she became part of history as the first American woman to win gold medals in both the Paralympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Four years later, Alana hopes to continue her Paralympic successes in Sochi.
Snowboarder Evan Strong grew up on the shores of Maui. Originally a surfer, he took up skateboarding at the age of 13 and quickly started working towards his dreams of going pro. By the age of 17, Evan was all ready to climb the pro ranks. However, his dreams were sidelined when a drunk driver tragically struck him while he was on his motorcycle. Doctors amputated his left leg three days later. Even though his recovery was difficult, he refused to give up the sports he loved. After becoming very involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Evan decided to move to Lake Tahoe to pursue his interest in snowboarding. Since starting the sport, he's won eight World Cups, as well as Gold and Bronze medals in the X-Games and even earned the title of World Champion. Now, he has two goals he wants to achieve: winning the able-bodied U.S. Snowboarding National Championship, and representing Team USA in Sochi.
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