Two US Air Force Special Tactics members are looking to get into some “cool runnings,” as they attempt to earn a spot on the bobsled team in the 2022 Olympics.
Special Tactics Officer Major Chris Walsh and Staff Sergeant Matt Beach are currently competing to get a chance to get into the Olympics under the Team USA banner.
“The biggest thing from Special Tactics that translates to bobsledding is the mindset that you gain from going through all the ST training,” said Walsh. “There are days where it’s really tough and you have to do a lot of late-night work on the sled and then get up early the next morning to compete, so having that gritty mindset is very valuable.”
The duo, who come from the 24th Special Operations Wing and the 22nd Tactics Squadron, respectively, are marking a point in history- for the first time ever, two Special Tactics Airmen competed together at the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation North American Cup.
“To compete at this level requires the same focus and attention to detail as pre-mission prep and mission execution,” said SSG Matt Beach. “[Bobsledding], believe it or not, has a lot of parallels with the ST community.”
According to Task & Purpose, bobsledding requires a considerable amount of teamwork and stamina.
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