The Winter Olympics are almost upon us! Kicking off this Friday, the hype is building and interest is growing about this year’s crop of athletes. Among them is bobsledding queen Bree Schaaf. Care to find out more about this Olympic hottie? Read more and see the pictures and video below!
Born in Bremerton, Washington, Bree graduated Bremerton’s Olympic High School and then followed her older brother to a skelton recruiting camp in 2002. She trained and competed in the skelton for 5 years with moderate success. But it wasn’t until 2007 that she made the switch to Bobsledding to follow her real dream.
“I always wanted to try bobsled but was always intimidated, I wasn’t sure if I could hang physically, but after doing some testing with them, it turned out I could, and then it was just a matter of putting on the strength and size.”
She has done well since the swich, earning 2 gold medals in the 2008-2009 season. At 28, she is now poised as the dark horse in the woman’s bobsledding competition. Her edge, she says, is the fact that she trains on the very track in Whistler, British Colombia that will host the competition in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“More than anyone in the world, I live closest to that track, It’s my home track.”
Bree, understanding the enormity of her situation, also says that “I race the best when I can feel the love and support around me” and takes comfort in the fact that as she soars down the track at up to 80 miles per hour, most of the crowd that she sees will be people that she knows. She’s an exciting young driver in a sport already saturated with talent, hopefully (if winter actually begins in Vancouver) she can stand up to the competition!
Check out the video below for more about Bree Schaaf!