The United States won the its first Gold Medal in two man’s bobsled competition for the first time in 62 years. In saluting the team’s accomplishments, an unsung player needs his accolades. This person recognized American bobsledding was an embarrassment. Being from upstate New York, this great contributor recognized this American winter sport was horribly underserved outraged by Team USA’s failure in the 1992 Winter Olympics.
He used resources from his regular career having tremendous technological and engineering resources to provide sleds for the 1994 National team. He also used his status from his “day job” to raise money and interest in the sport. When the Olympics were back in the USA in 2002 at Salt Lake City, the US bobsled team finally won medals.
This unsung hero looks more like Elmer Fudd than a successful entrepreneur or athlete however in his career, he was successful in achieving one of its top honors. The man behind the scenes working endlessly to promote American bobsled success, won the 1986 Daytona 500, the 1987 IROC championship, 18 NASCAR Cup series wins and 190 top 100’s. His bobsled operation is named, Bo-Dyn, “Dyn” being named for Chassis Dynamics; the “Bo” comes from his last name.
We salute Geoff Bodine for his two decade quest to put the United States atop the world’s bobsled elite. That day has come.