Former Bruin Javelin Thrower Valdes Named to U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team
St. Moritz, Switzerland – Former UCLA javelin thrower, Carlo Valdes, has been named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, USA Bobsled/Skeleton announced Monday.
"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."
Of the 12 total athletes selected to represent the United States, Valdes is one of just two to have competed in the Olympics before. He was a member of Team USA's bobsled team at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he finished 20th overall as a four-man for pilot Justin Olsen.
Valdes competed in the javelin for UCLA Track & Field from 2010-13 and threw for the Bruins in 26 meets across his collegiate career. He owns a career-best toss of 64.91m (212-11) and secured a 10th-place finish at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships.
Olympic bobsled competition is set to take place with four, two-day heats beginning on Feb. 13.