Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. and Chassis Dynamics Fabricate the U.S. Team’s Bobsleds using Lincoln Electric Equipment
Cleveland – The U.S. men’s four-man bobsled team brought home the gold medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. With the help of Lincoln Electric, Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. and Chassis Dynamics, the men’s team ended with a time of three minutes, 24.46 seconds for four heats as the first U.S. four-man bobsled team to bring home the gold in 62 years. The team includes driver Steven Holcomb and the crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz.
U.S. women’s contenders, Erin Pac and Elana Meyers, also claimed a medal, bringing home the bronze in the women’s two-woman bobsled race.
“Lincoln Electric is proud to be an active sponsor of Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. providing equipment and consumables for U.S. bobsleds that raced in the Winter Games,” said Mickey Holmes, Lincoln Electric’s manager of sports marketing. “Our goal is to serve as a true partner with these teams by offering them excellent products, ongoing support and working with them in a win-win partnership.”
Lincoln welders have been used since the inception of the partnership intended to design and fabricate all of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s bobsleds. This includes bobsleds used in Vancouver and by the U.S. four-man team that won the 2009 World Championship.
Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. is the brainchild of NASCAR® veteran driver, Geoff Bodine, who noticed U.S. athletes had little success racing on European-supplied sleds. He teamed up with NASCAR fabricator Bob Cuneo at Chassis Dynamics to create the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. in 1992.
The Project provides American-made sleds, designed and fabricated with knowledge learned from NASCAR® fabrication, to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation team. Since the switch, the U.S. team has consistently improved its results at the Winter Games and World Championships.
Lincoln Electric has been an active sponsor of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project since 2002, also supporting the annual Bodine Bobsled Challenge fund-raiser with bobsleds featuring Lincoln insignia.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 38 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.