Frank del Duca of USA and team in action during the Men's 4-Bob World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2022. (Mayk Wendt/Keystone via AP) (Courtesy)
Bobsled Soldier-athletes selected to represent Team USA at 2022 Olympics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have been selected for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team. Spc. Frank Del Duca, an Infantryman from Bethel, Maine; and Spc. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, a Biomedical Equipment Specialist from Powhatan, Virginia, were both announced to the team on Monday, January 17.
“The selection committee met to thoroughly deliberate who should be nominated to this team, and it wasn’t an easy decision,” said Aron McGuire, USA Bobsled/Skeleton Chief Executive Officer. “We are fortunate to have a deep talent pool, but that makes it really difficult to decide who gets selected. We are proud of this team, and we’re looking forward to watching them represent the United States in Beijing.”
Del Duca’s first Olympic games will be as a pilot, while Abdul-Saboor’s second Olympic games will be as a push athlete.
“I’m not surprised,” said Del Duca’s father, Frank Del Duca III, on Monday morning. “He had a plan and he stuck to the plan.”
Del Duca was recently promoted to the World Cup level shortly after the International Bobsled & Skeleton Federation Christmas break and most recently placed 15th in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Of the eight men selected to the team, Abdul-Saboor is one of two with most experience, having previously competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In 2018, Abdul-Saboor finished 21st in the two-man event and 19th in the four-man event.
The two-man bobsled heats will be held Feb. 14-15 and the four-man event is scheduled for Feb. 19-20.
By Sgt. Michael Hunnisett