Bobsled is a self-funded sport and Josh needs your help to make training, travel, and housing possible for him to compete this coming season. This is his first step on the long journey throughout the coming Olympic quadrennial.
As a 21 year old and one of the younger push-athletes in the program, Josh will continue to try to raise money to continue to allow himself to compete for the next few years. The only way to continue his journey is to travel and compete with USABS and hopefully earn a spot on the National Team in the coming years. This is only the beginning of his hopefully long career in bobsled.
Anything helps, Josh could not do any of what he does without the help of his many supportive family and friends!
Josh's Journey so far:
Josh is a Lake Mary, FL native who grew up playing lacrosse, football, and running track. After a successful high school lacrosse career at his alma mater Seminole High School, Josh accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Mercer University, a goal of his since he began the sport. After 2 injuries Josh missed his Freshman season and decided to transfer to Florida State Univeristy and pursue a degree in Marketing. It only took Josh a semester to realize he was not finished competing and began his search for his next athletic endeavour!
After deciding bobsled could potentially be a good fit for Josh, he got his second labral repair surgery on his left shoulder January of 2017 in order to start his new potential bobsled journey healthy. Five months into Josh's recovery he found out about a first of it's kind show being held by the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs known as "Scouting Camp: Next Olympic Hopeful" which would be aired on NBCSN as a documentary highliting the process of atheltes trying to find their way on to Team USA. A few weeks after the tryout Josh recieved an email from the producers of the show and found out he would be travelling to Colorado Springs with 100 other athletes to be evaulated to hopefully be selected to be apart of Team USA. In Colorado Springs the athletes trying-out for bobsled were filmed completing the USABS combine tests over a weeks time. With a total of 800 points possible, Josh scored 750 points which was enough for him to win the show! This set his atheltic career on a completely different trajectory and changed his life forever.
￼￼Josh and the other winners "Scouting Camp: Next Olympic Hopeful"
By winning "Scouting Camp: Next Olympic Hopeful" Josh would be invited to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid to continue to test and train in order for USABS to ensure he was a good fit for the sport. The winners of the show recieved funding for their first season in order to get their foot in the door with the team. Josh was able to have an amazing rookie season of immersing himself in the sport of bobsled, but has a long way to go!
Josh has had many amazing experiences this past season like getting his first boblsed runs in, meeting his heros (everyone on the USABS National Team), living and training at the Olympic Training Center, competing in Calgary at the National Push Championships for the first time, travelling to South Korea to train on the 2018 Olympic Bobsled track, competing in the North American Cup and winning two gold medals in his first two interntional races, and getting to race with Olympic medalist Elana Meyers-Taylor in his first World Cup race in Igls, Austria. This past season Josh and his pilot Hunter Church were also able to place 6th in the U-23 division of the Junior World Championships in St. Moritz. All of these endeavors during his first season were funded by winning "Scouting Camp: Next Olympic Hopeful" but now with funding never guaranteed, Josh is setting his sights on the coming season and preparing for any unforeseen expenses.
￼￼Josh at National Push Championships in Calgary, Canada
￼￼Josh in South Korea on the 2018 Olympic Track in Pyeongchang.
Josh has come very far in purusing his dream but in order to do so it is near impossible to juggle fundraising, full-time training, and trying to finish his degree at Florida State since he is still only 21 and a junior in college! Bobsled is one of the many Olympic sports where money is scarce and is for the most part self-funded, so Josh needs your help to continue to pursue his dreams of one day standing on the podium. Anything and everything can help, whether it is a small donation or even just words of encouragment! Josh is also actively looking for companies to help sponsor his travel and training as well. Thank you for your continued support of Josh as he continues to chase down his many goals and aspirations in this new journey he is only beginning!
This page is run by proud supporters of Josh Williamson.
"My name is Josh Williamson and I am pursuing my Olympic dream. I am currently heading into my second season with USA Bobsled and Skeleton and will be competing to try to make my first National Team this fall. This season's travel expenses, housing, food, and training could potentially be self-funded so I need your help in order to compete and continue chasing my dreams! Thank you for the continued support, it means more than you will ever know."
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