Bobsled racing is arguably one of the most under-appreciated team sports in the world today. While few Americans can name even one professional bobsledder, the athleticism, speed, and intensity of the sport would surely appeal to many sports fan if it was given the proper exposure. Throughout the history of the game, bobsled coaches have commonly sought out for athletes of other sports, such as track or football, to participate in bobsledding at the next level. The most notorious instance of this example is that of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, in which a top- tier team was composed primarily of track stars who had never even seen snow before. This has inspired me to create a hypothetical perfect bobsled team, one which would consist of professional athletes from other sports.
With that said, here is my All Pro- Athlete Bobsled Team:
This NASCAR superstar is one of the best auto racers in the game today, and I believe that his driving ability can potentiall translate to driving in the sled. A bobsled driver must have lightning quick reflexes and has to have the ability to make decisions under pressure, and I believe Tony carries those traits. Furthermore, Stewart's extra weight would help give the bobsled some extra momentum, as athletes in excess of 200 pounds are commonly desired in the sport for this very reason.
Vernon Davis possesses the ideal physical skills needed to become a superstar within the sport of bobsledding. At 6'2 and 250 pounds, Davis has the size necessary to add some serious momentum to the sled, while at the same time he is slender enough to slide into the sled at the start with ease. However, in spite of his massive size, Davis runs the 40- yard dash in an incredible 4.3 seconds! This speed and acceleration, combined with Davis' strength, would allow him to push the sled to a mind- boggling start at the commencement of the race. In short, if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out for Davis, I bet he'd have a great career waiting for him in bobsledding.
At about 6'2 and 220 pounds, Alex is another professional athlete who possesses ideal size for the sport of bobsledding. Furthermore, Ovechkin is more than strong enough to give the bobsled a solid push start, while he is also fast enough to provide the sled with some solid acceleration to start the race. Also, as a hockey player, Alex should be more than comfortable on the ice, which certainly would make his transition to bobsledding that much easier.
For the last spot in the bobsled, I have selected the fastest human being on planet Earth; Usain Bolt. As mentioned before, the Jamaican Bobsled Team was formed with sprinters from the island who just barely missed making the olympics in their original sport. If those guys were able to eventually win the gold medal, just imagine what kind of impact the greatest sprinter in history could have in bobsledding? With his mind- blowing speed and acceleration, Bolt can help propel the bobsled to a record- breaking start. As far as his brake- handling duties are concerned, I feel confident that Bolt would be able to learn when and when not to hit the breaks on the ice track; that is, if he ever opts to use them at all.