By: Briana Recker
Former captain of Boise State’s track team, Nick Cunningham, will be competing as a member of Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. This will be Cunningham’s third appearance in the Olympics after first appearing in 2010 and again in 2014. Cunningham will compete on both the two-man and four-man bobsled team.
While at Boise State, Cunningham competed as a sprinter and set records in the 100- and 200- meter sprints before graduating with a communication degree. Not long after graduating in 2008, Cunningham began his career in bobsledding as an alternate for the World Cup team. In 2009, Cunningham and his team earned two gold medals on the America’s Cup tour and a silver and a bronze medal at the National Championships.
Cunningham was the brakeman for his team for the start of his career. As the brakeman, he was the last man to jump into the bobsled, and it is his responsibility to apply the brake correctly at the end of the race. Being a brakeman is a very important job because bobsleds reach between 80 to 100 miles per hour on ice and have very little protection if crashed.
In the 2018 Winter Olympics, Cunningham will be the driver of his bobsled team. In previous Olympics, Cunningham placed 12th and 13th in both the two-man and four-man bobsled teams. This Olympics, Cunningham hopes to add an Olympic medal to his laundry list of achievements, which include being a sergeant in the New York National Guard and a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. Tune in to see Cunningham on (MST):
Sunday, Feb. 18-4:05 a.m. (2-man)
Monday, Feb. 19-4:15 a.m. (2-man)
Friday, Feb. 23-5:30 p.m. (4-man)
Saturday, Feb. 24-5:30 p.m. (4-man)