Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay is entered in this week’s USA Bobsled National Push Championships, making him the latest track star to give sledding a try.
The push championships start Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta and are the first step toward a potential spot on this season’s national team.
Gay has competed in each of the last three Summer Olympics.
He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the London Games in 2012, though that medal was ultimately stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013 and served a one-year suspension.
Gay also had all results annulled going back to July 15, 2012, a period that included that year’s Olympic competition.
One of the runners that lost his London silver medal because of Gay’s positive test was Ryan Bailey, another bobsled rookie who is scheduled to compete in the push championships.
“I’m still not over it,” Bailey said last month, referring to having his medal taken away.
And now it stands to reason that they could be teammates once again.
Bailey has impressed coaches so far, especially after winning the preliminary push championships on dry land in Lake Placid, New York last month. This competition takes place on ice and Gay has been practicing sled-pushing for only a few days, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
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