Billy Schuffenhaur, an Ogden athlete who took up bobsledding a little more than a year ago, has been named to the U.S. Olympic team. He is among 10 members who will represent the United States in February during the Winter Games.
Of the 10 named by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton federation, eight will compete and two will be alternates. But the federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., did not say which members are alternates.
Born in Salt Lake City on June 24, 1974, Schuffenhaur lives in Ogden. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 210 pounds. He competed in decathlon when he attended Roy High School, and he was ranked first in the world for juniors in that sport. He also competed for Weber State University in track.
On Saturday, he was a member of Todd Hays' team that took the gold in Olympic trials. Hays said Schuffenhaur replaced Randy Jones, Atlanta, who was hurt somewhat during the previous week's two-man bobsled contests.
Team members are: Todd Hays, pilot, from Del Rio, Texas; Pavle Jovanovic (Toms River, N.J.); Jones; Schuffenhaur; Garrett Hines (Atlanta); Brian Shimer, pilot, from Naples, Fla., making his fifth Olympics since 1988; Mike Kohn (Chantilly, Va.); Doug Sharp (Jeffersonville, Ind.); and Dan Steele and Darrin Steele (both from Sherrard, Ill.).