Bay Area's Bobsled Connections

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Jan 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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Here are a couple names to watch out for once the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver.  Chuck Berkeley and Nick Cunningham both have Bay Area connections and both are on Team USA competing in the four-man bobsled.

Berkeley is a UC Berkeley graduate from Walnut Creek.  He got the bobsled bug after he saw Darrin Steele train for the Olympic games at Cal.

Cunningham grew up in Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School in 2003 where he played football and ran track. He got an AA degree at Monterey Peninsula College in 2005.

Berkeley is on USA Team II and Cunningham is on USA Team III.

It's been more than 60 years since the United States won an Olympic gold in the event, but hopes are high for Vancouver.  USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world after winning the 2009 World Championships.

Driver Steve Holcomb allowed Time Magazine to take a ride with him to show how it feels to ride a 1,400 pound piece of steel down a canal of ice.


Here are the Olympic squads announced by the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

Team USA I: Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz
Team USA II: John Napier, Chuck Berkeley, Chris Fogt and Steve Langton
Team USA III: Mike Kohn, Jamie Moriarty, Bill Schuffenhauer and Nick Cunningham
 

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