After much determination and focus, Team USA bobsledders, Erin Pac and Elana Meyers power to the podium for bronze. Both big strong girls (as affectionately called by my husband) attended Springfield College. At Springfield, Erin was a heptathlete. In 2002, USA Bobsled sent a recruiting letter to coach Jim Pennington. Erin was hooked. Later on, Elana, who played softball for Springfield, began bobsleding in 2007. Both women were part of the Bo-Dyn, Bobsled Project. This project was started by Geoff Bodine, a former Nascar racer. Bo-Dyn designed new sleds for the USA Bobsled Olympic team. In fact, Geoff Bodine commented about the women of Team USA, “I’m proud of these women no matter what and they need to be proud of themselves.”
Now, Erin and Elana could be extra proud. Despite a strained hamstring, driver Erin, in her signature pink helmut, directed brakewoman Elana down a remarkable course. Elana was quoted as saying, “I had the hugest grin on my face going down because I knew we were about to do something special.” So as the Cnadian women placed 1-2 in the 2 woman bobsled, Erin and Elana landed a bronze. Two of the big strong girls of Team USA found redemption in a bronze.