Local Daytona champ designs American made bobsleds for Olympic team

Local Daytona champ designs American made bobsleds for Olympic team

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by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 8:09 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "I'm the only guy in the country that has a Daytona 500 ring and a gold medal ring. I'm proud of that," former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine said.

The Daytona champ has also been involved in designing bobsleds for Bo-Dyn Bobsled since 1992. All their work paid off during the last winter games in Vancouver with a gold medal, the first for the Americans since 1948.

"I bleed red, white and blue. I love our country," said Bodine.  "When I heard they weren't using American made equipment, I thought that wasn't acceptable."

Before 1992, Team USA sleds had been made in Europe, but that's all changed. Their latest sled is built right here in North Carolina.

"Being able to bring it all together, American made, American design, American built," said 2010 Olympic gold medalist Steve Holcomb.  "It was just an awesome."

Steve Holcomb drove that gold medal sled at Whistler in 2010.  The perfect product for two racing world's coming together.

"I like to say that NASCAR is the sister sport of bobsled. It's the same thing. We're trying to go as fast as possible," said Holcomb. "We're here finding every single thing to make this thing go faster."

They have the hardware to prove it.

"Remembering I was there," said Bodine. "The pride is indescribable."

Now they all hope to capture even more of that gold hardware come next February in Sochi.

"Our goal is gold," said Holcomb.  "We know how to do it. We've been there before. We've been training hard, have a great new sled coming out, so it's gold or bust."

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