DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — From the goldmines near the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa to the Whistler Sliding Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Geoff Bodine can truly say he has been surrounded by gold so far this year. Over the weekend, his "Night Train" bobsled won the gold medal in the four-man bobsled event at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"USA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL BOBSLEDDER STEVE HOLCOMB,YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD!! CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE AND ALL OUR BOBSLEDDER ATHLETES AND TO OUR GIRLS BRINGING HOME THE BRONZE." Bodine posted on his Facebook page. The win ended a 62-year gold medal drought for the four-man USA Bobsled team.
The four-man team team consisted of Steve Holcomb, Driver; Justin Olson, Push athlete; Steve Mesler, Push Athlete; and Curtis Tomasevicz, Brakeman won the gold medal by 0.38 seconds over the favored Germany 1 team.
Bodine was in attendance to see witness the historical event.
It was a successful Olympics for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project as the women's team with Erin Pac and Elana Meyers took the bronze medal. The team of Bree Schaaf and Emily Azevedo was fifth and Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepa was sixth.
Holcomb and Tomasevicz finished sixth in the two-man competition.
Holcomb's gold medal achieved the goal that Bodine, the 1986 Daytona 500 champion, set in 1992 after he noticed that USA Bobsled was competing with European made sleds. He teamed up with Bob Cuneo, owner of Chassis Dyanmics and they created the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc., a "Made in America" sled project. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City they broke the medal drought with a silver and a bronze in the four-man competition along with a gold in the women's competition.
The win on Saturday, along with Bodine being there, fulfilled a long time dream, "I always watched the Olympics when I was a boy and dreamed about being up there," Bodine said in a statement on the Bo-Dyn Bobsled site. "When I see our bobsled athletes on the podium it is like it is me up there."
Last month, Bodine was behind the wheel of a stock car and competed in the ASA Transcontinental Series Free State 500 event at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. He was the fast qualifier for the event and was on his way to victory until he ran out of fuel with three laps to go, handing the win over to John Mickel.
Bodine is also an active competitor in the ISCARS Dash Series Sanctioned by ASA.
"We are very excited for Geoff and his Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project on achieving this great accomplishment," Dennis Huth, ASA President. "Geoff is very proud of this project and it shows that hard work pays off. As we were surrounded by gold mines at Phakisa, Geoff would smile anytime someone asked him about his bobsled project. He had a good feeling after the four-man team won the world championships last year and we are pleased that he was there to witness it in person."