Before I explain my bobsled career, let me briefly rewind.
Missoula, Montana is a great place to be raised. I may be biased, but it's very rare I hear anything negative about the town or its residents. I consider myself very lucky to have been raised in Missoula along with my twin brother, Zach. As I was growing up, I had so many positive role models to look up to. At the top of the list were (and still are) my parents. They've always led by example, and those examples included being respectful to others, giving an honest effort, and family always comes first.
By the time I began my freshman year at Big Sky High School my love for sport had began to compound. Beyond the relationships I began to develop with my coaches, I began to develop an even further appreciation for the classroom which I still maintain to this day. As a senior, I faced the inevitable task of deciding exactly which direction my future would take me, and I was fortunate to be able to accept a scholarship to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Montana.
University of Montana
I didn't realize the impact that growing up in Montana had on me until I started college, albeit in my hometown. New friends I met from out-of-state often made comments regarding the tight-knit community of Missoula and how everyone in Montana seemed to look out for and care for one another. I quickly began to realize other towns and states didn't necessarily share that same togetherness.
Being a student-athlete at the University of Montana was an absolute privilege. I had the fortune of receiving an education while at the same time competing as a sprinter on the track team. I loved going to my track workouts just as much as loved my time spent in the classroom.
As I was finishing my senior season, it was recommended to me to look into the sport of Bobsled. This was for two reasons. A lot of bobsledders have sprinting backgrounds and bobsledders need to be heavy. I have both of these qualities, and I decided to reach out to a coach.
I was invited to a rookie camp at the end of August 2019 in Lake Placid, NY. This camp included other athletes who were also brand new to the sport and had never touched a bobsled. I finished 3rd out of the 11 men at rookie camp and was invited back to Lake Placid for USA National Push Championships in September.
Every athlete who wants to compete for the USA each year must compete at these push championships (special circumstances aside). At National Push Championships, I finished in 9th out of 18 and the results from that competition can be found below.
In the short run I will be training in Lake Placid and preparing for my first season. My ultimate goal is to represent Team USA in 2022 at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. To be on the biggest stage in athletics to represent not only my country, but the state of Montana and the Missoula community would be an incredible honor. The road to get to the Olympics is long, and the costs of competing in bobsled are high. Between travel, lodging, food and equipment the expenses can add up very quickly. Your support will allow me to focus my time and effort on the work required to compete at the highest level.
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- Shayne Cochran