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Chris Fogt named U.S. bobsled head coach

LAKE PLACID — Christopher Fogt will take over the head coaching position for U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s bobsled team, the organization announced on Monday.

Fogt, a Major in the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program, is a three-time Olympian and an Olympic Silver medalist. He won a silver medal during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia as part of the renowned “Night Train Team” in the four-man event. He competed in the two-man bobsled event in Sochi, securing 10th place. He also competed in the four-man event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Fogt brings a wealth of bobsled-specific knowledge, leadership experience from his military service and his past experience on the USABS Board of Directors as an Athlete Advisory Council representative. He will remain the primary contact for push athletes and will lead the strategic planning of the program in collaboration with USABS director of sport performance Curt Tomasevicz, and the organizational requirements of the head coach.

“Chris’s structured leadership style and enthusiasm will be great for our team of coaches in preparation for the upcoming season and the 2026 Games,” said Tomasevicz.

Fogt will take over the position from bobsled athlete and coach Brian Shimer, who took over the job following the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Bejiing, China.

“I am humbled and excited to assume the role as head coach. Brian has done an exceptional job leading the program and setting the team up for success at the 2026 Games and beyond,” Fogt said.

In the past two seasons, Shimer prepared the team for the 2025 World Championships in Lake Placid and the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina, Italy. He led the U.S. bobsled team to 20 World Cup top-six finishes and two World Championships medals during the 2022/2023 season. This past season, he helped the team earn 26 World Cup top-six finishes and five top-six results during World Championships.

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