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Codie Bascue

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A passion to drive

The pilot of the No. 1 U.S. two- and four-man bobsleds at the Olympics, Codie Bascue, first began competing in the sport when he was eight. He drove a bob from the top of the treacherous Mount Van Hoevenberg run in Lake Placid before his 15th birthday. "I fell in love," he says.

That passion, after graduation from Whitehall (N.Y.) High in 2012, meant living with his family in his tiny upstate hometown and commuting to Lake Placid for training. He made ends meet by working at various jobs: washing dishes at an Italian restaurant, landscaping and, one summer, driving a boat that harvested weeds from a deep, freshwater bay at the southern end of Lake Champlain. "That was actually kind of fun," says Bascue.

He moved to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid in 2015 and until the fall of '16, bagged groceries at a Hannaford grocery store in town. "You make sacrifices," he says, "if you want to go after your dreams."