A former Michigan and Rice football player will be representing the United States during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
On Monday morning, former Wolverines’ running back Sam McGuffie announced that he had been named to the bobsled team.
The 28 year old recorded 486 yards and three touchdowns during his freshman season in Ann Arbor, before transferring out of the program to Rice where he could be closer to home.
McGuffie will serve as part of the push crew, along with being a brakeman for one of the two-men crews.
From the release:
Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) were selected to pilot the three Team USA sleds. The nine push athletes selected to the team are listed below by their seat position order in their respective sleds.
Bascue’s push crew will be Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Sam McGuffie (Cypress, Texas). McGuffie has also been selected as Bascue’s brakeman in two-man.
McGuffie has been showing off his training on Instagram leading up to Monday’s big announcement.
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This is what pushing a 320lb sled for 50 meters in 4.85 seconds looks like. Proud of @evanweinstock and myself for being @usabs 2 man combo push champs alongside Olympic medalists @stevenlangton and @chris.fogt. This is the first evaluation of many on the road to the Olympic Games in @pyeongchang2018 this February. Still lots to improve on but excited at the opportunity to get better alongside my teammates. #hungry #winteriscoming #athleteslife #pushchamps2017 #roadtopyeongchang
The Winter Olympics officially kickoff on Feb. 9 and come to an end on Feb. 25.