One Second Short: Searcy Athlete Narrowly Misses Olympics

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- A 2002 Searcy High School graduate who hoped to compete in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea missed that opportunity by less than a second.

Brittany Reinbolt finished in 15th place at a bobsled World Cup event in St. Moritz. The finish means Team USA qualified two teams instead of the three they hoped to earn.

Reinbolt and her partner finished 15th with a combined time of 2:17.37, just one position and a heartbreaking 0.16 seconds behind a Canadian team, according to a news release from Team USA.

Olympics reporter Aaron Nolan first caught up with Reinbolt a few years ago when she was on the USA. Development Bobsled Team.

Brittany said she had a deep love for the sport.

"I think it was a mix of TV and Cool Runnings," she said. "It's like an adrenaline rush, and I'm an adrenaline junkie so it's awesome."

We spoke with her as she watched her teammates compete four years ago in Sochi. At the time, she noted those athletes competing for gold were part of the Development Team at one time in their career.

"I'm still in the mix, and hopefully in the future I can be where they are," she said.

When she's back home in Arkansas there's not a bobsled track to train on, so Brittany and her dad made a sled.

"We happen to have a hill in our front yard that is a similar grade to a bobsled start," she said. "A normal bobsled is about 400 pounds, so I'll sometimes add a bunch of rocks in here just to give it a ton of weight."

As the 2014 Winter Games begins to wind down, Brittany will keep her focus four years down the line. "I mean you can't just hop in a bobsled and overnight be an Olympic Champion," she said back in 2014. "I definitely have to bust my butt, like do you see those girls on TV, like they're no joke."

 


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