Reality show star turned bobsledder won’t make Olympics
LAKE PLACID — Paul “Paulie” Calafiore, who is known for reality television shows such as “Big Brother” and “The Challenge” announced on social media Wednesday that he won’t be on the USA Bobsled National team roster going forward.
“I tested positive for COVID prior to the National Push Championships,” Calafiore wrote in an Instagram post. “Due to this, I wasn’t able to compete and therefore not allowed to move forward in the selection process.”
Calafiore was expected to compete in the USA Push Championships on July 30 and July 31 at the new indoor ice facility at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. The push championships were the first step into the selection process of the USA Bobsled Olympic team.
Calafiore, like many others on the USA Bobsled/Skeleton team, had been training in Lake Placid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
“A huge thank you to the Coaches and USA Bobsled for allowing me to see it through and get my times,” Calafiore wrote. “I’m a huge proponent on seeing something through to the end even if success isn’t guaranteed. That way you can hold your head high regardless of the result.”
After his positive COVID-19 result, which forced him to miss the next step in the selection process for the Olympics, Calafiore made it clear that he plans to continue his journey as a member of the USA Bobsled team.
“After October, who knows what’s next. I can promise that this isn’t the end of me competing,” he wrote. “It’s not the outcome I wanted and I can own that and keep moving forward.”
For the rest of the bobsled team, they will turn their focus to the combination push competition on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 in Lake Placid. The competition will be the next step in the selection process for the USA Bobsled Olympic team.
“As for me, I’m going to take care of my body and build towards getting back on the ice in October,” Calafiore wrote. “I’ve invested too much time to just walk away on that note as I’ve truly fell in love with the sport and the commitment these athletes bring day in and day out.”