USA's Cunningham qualifies for Vancouver Olympics' bobsled team

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 18, 2010 

Nick Cunningham, who has been competing in bobsled for 18 months after wrapping up his Boise State career, qualified during a World Cup event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Cunningham, 24, is the brakeman on USA-3, which is driven by Mike Kohn of Myrtle Beach, S.C. A total of three four-man bobsleds will represent the U.S. in Vancouver next month.

Cunningham, from Monterey, Calif., was a 165-pound sprinter at Boise State and helped lead the Broncos to a 2008 WAC championship. Now he's a 5-foot-11, 210 pounder - the last athlete to jump in the boblsed as it begins its run.

Cunningham is the third athlete with Boise ties to qualify for the Vancouver Olympics. Aerials skier Jeret Peterson (Timberline High, 2000) and biathlete Sara Studebaker (Boise High, 2003) also will represent the United States.

The U.S. boblsed lineup for Vancouver:

USA I:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas)

Steve Mesler (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.)

USA II:

John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

Chuck Berkeley (Clayton, Calif.)

Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.)

Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah)

USA III:

Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.)

Bill Schuffenhauer (Orem, Utah)

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.)

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