Greubel Poser, Bascue claim two-man titles
March 18, 2016
Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pennsylvania) and Codie Bascue (Whitehall, New York) teamed with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, California) and David Cremin (Annondale, Virginia), respectively, to capture the 2016 USA Bobsled National Championship titles in Lake Placid, New York. The championship was held in conjunction with the women’s and men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup finale, where Team USA collected eight medals and one overall title.
Three women’s sleds and four men’s sleds were entered into the North American Cup competitions for Team USA, while the remaining athletes raced in USA Bobsled National Championships as forerunners in the North American Cup Friday.
Greubel Poser and Gibbs were forerunners, and they dominated the national championship field with times of 57.73 and 58.13 seconds. The duo claimed the 2016 USA Bobsled National Championship title in the Under Armour-wrapped BMW sled with a total time of 1:55.86. Greubel Poser has had a notable season, finishing in the top six in all eight World Cup stops and securing six medals to finish second in overall World Cup standings. The Olympic bronze medalist was looking forward to capping the season back on home ice before starting her offseason.
"It’s always fun to end the season on home ice," Greubel Poser said. "It was also great to see so many athletes here to race in the North American Cup. Physically, we are feeling the effects of a long season on the road. However, this week has been a great opportunity to try some different ways to prepare for sliding and racing. We always want to use the time that we have on the ice to work on things, mentally or physically, and try to make improvements. Lauren and I have found that ‘spring’ sliding is a great time for that. We couldn’t be happier to end the season with our second National Championship title."
Bascue teamed with Cremin to convincingly lead the men’s field with a total time of 1:52.41 after clocking runs of 56.09 and 56.32 seconds to claim their first career USA Bobsled National Championship title.
"I’m so happy to be national champion," Bascue said. "Something like that always looks great on the résumé, so I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have done it without David. Hopefully this is the first of many."
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