Spc. Frank Del Duca, an infantryman from Bethel, Maine, and Spc. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, a biomedical equipment Specialist from Powhatan, Virginia, were both chosen for the team on Monday.
Of the eight men selected to the team, Abdul-Saboor is one of the two most experienced. He competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Del Duca was just promoted to the World Cup level shortly after the International Bobsled & Skeleton Federation during the Christmas break. He most recently placed 15th in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Dedication and hard work paid off to put Del Duca in position to achieve his Olympic dreams.
“I’m not surprised,” said Del Duca’s father, Frank Del Duca III, in a press release. “He had a plan, and he stuck to the plan.”
Del Duca’s first Olympic Games will be as a pilot, and Abdul-Saboor will compete as a push athlete in his second Olympic Games.
Selected athletes for the USA Bobsled team met a rigorous criteria.
“The selection committee met to thoroughly deliberate who should be nominated to this team, and it wasn’t an easy decision,” said Aron McGuire, USA Bobsled/Skeleton chief executive officer. “We are fortunate to have a deep talent pool, but that makes it really difficult to decide who gets selected. We are proud of this team, and we’re looking forward to watching them represent the United States in Beijing.”
Opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games is Feb. 4. The two-man bobsled heats are scheduled for Feb. 14-15, and the four-man heats are scheduled for Feb. 19-20.