Park City's National Ability Center Makes Bobsled History!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams/Mountain Town Realty Group

On December 8th and 9th, 2006 bobsled history was made at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT. National Ability Center athletes Aaron Lanningham and Matt Profitt became the first athletes with disabilities to forerun a World Cup bobsled event. Aaron, the driver has paraplegia and Matt, the break man, is a below the knee amputee. As a result of their success the National Ability Center bobsled team has been invited to participate in the America's Cup this weekend. Matt and Aaron had consistently successful runs through out the course of the World Cup. They clearly demonstrated that they are serious athletes and highly capable of competing on an international level. Their times are affected, however, by the fact that Matt pushes the sled solo, as Aaron is already strapped in the sled. Regardless, Matt and Aaron's times were comparable to many athletes competing in the America's Cup circuit. Last weekend's World Cup also debuted the National Ability Center newly retrofitted bobsled by veteran NASCAR driver and bobsled maker Geoff Bodine. Bodine equipped the sled with a sleek NASCAR style seat, shoulder harness, seatbelt, roll cage, head rest, and leg straps to accommodate the safety of athletes with disabilities. Bodine is currently working with the FIBT to build bobsleds with this adapted design for other countries enabling them to create programs for their athletes. It is the hope of the National Ability Center and the FIBT, International Federation of Bobsleigh and Toboggan, that enough awareness can be generated about adaptive bobsled programs in order to make bobsled a sport in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. At least seven other countries need to initiate bobsled programs in order for this to happen.
This weekend, December 14 -16, 2006, Matt Profitt and Gary Kuhl, bobsled teammate and fellow amputee, will compete in the
America's Cup at the Utah Olympic Park. Aaron will forerun the event. The America's Cup is the qualifying series for the US bobsled team. The National Ability Center will once again be making history as this is the first time that athletes with disabilities have competed in the America's Cup.   For more information on the America's Cup or the National Ability Center Bobsled program contact Lauren Artesani at 435.200.0981 or go to our website www.nac1985.com.

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