Meet the 2022 US Olympic Bobsled Team
Josh Williamson poses for a bobsleigh and skeleton photoshoot in the United States.
When Josh Williamson was in high school in Florida, he got a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. But injuries in his freshman year robbed him of that dream, so he transferred to Florida State University and dropped out of NCAA competition.
However, Williamson continued to train. By following a few bobsledders on social media (because he liked their workouts), he realized that he was already training like most Olympic bobsledders. So he showed up in Park City, Utah for the sport’s combine and did well enough to earn a spot in “Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful” in 2017. The show has was designed to identify Olympic-caliber athletes. USA Bobsled was looking for talent that year, so Williamson got a spot on the team.
In January 2018 he competed with Hunter Church at the U23 World Championships, finishing sixth. Soon Williamson was a World Cup regular, winning his first World Cup medal (bronze) in the four-man as a brakeman for Hunter Church two years later. In early January 2022, Williamson, now 25, won another World Cup bronze medal, again in Church’s four-man sled. Look for Williamson to keep the momentum going towards her first Olympics.
After playing football (running back) and on the running track (sprints) at Princeton University, Charlie Volker dreamed of playing in the NFL. He ranked No. 7 all-time at Princeton in rushing yards, so after graduating in 2019 with a BA in history, he started training for the big league. But when COVID-19 shut down soccer training camps in the spring of 2020, Volker turned to bobsledding at a coach’s suggestion. His speed and strength immediately showed.
After winning the National Thrust Championship title last summer, the 24-year-old Volker made his World Cup debut in November 2021, pushing Hunter Church to eighth place in the four-man. Two months later, in January 2022, he won his first World Cup medal (bronze) with Church, still in the four-man. Less than 18 months after trying bobsledding, Volker is heading to her first Olympic Games.