By Keith Harrington
The year 2018 was an exciting time for residents of Whitehall and area sports enthusiasts, who were glued to their television sets as native son Codie Bascue competed in the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Bascue finished ninth in the two-man event and 25th in four-man, but that didn’t matter to local fans, who held watch parties and didn’t miss a second of Bascue living out his Olympic dream.
Last week Bascue announced he’s stepping away from the sport that he has been a part of since he was a young boy.
“I guess it’s about time that I announce this,” he said on his Facebook page. “I have come to the decision that I will be stepping away from the sport of bobsled. Bobsled has been a part of my life for almost 20 years and I think it always will be in some capacity, but I think I have really neglected my mental health for the past couple years and I need to prioritize that right now.”
Bascue was quick to point out everyone who helped him reach the pinnacle of the sport during his career.
“I can’t thank everyone enough, countless people that supported my journey for so long, through the highs and the lows,” he said. “I truly would not have accomplished the things that I did without all of you and especially my family and friends, and the tremendous, countless sacrifices from my dad, grandfather and the rest of my family. You are the best fan club I could ask for.
“To my many teammates over the years, competitors, friends, anyone that helped and taught me, everyone, thank you so much for making the experience so great. I won’t forget the memories.”
Bascue will clearly miss the sport in which he has competed since he was eight years old but seems to be looking forward to his next phase of life.
“I am also really excited about the opportunity to experience new things and be passionate about something else like finishing school and chasing new goals in that area,” Bascue said.
A statement from U.S. Bobsled said: “Congratulations to Codie Bascue, who announced his retirement from bobsled today. Codie, you represented this team with honor and made us proud. Thank you for wearing the red, white and blue and representing this nation on the world’s stage, all while staying humble and kind. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you.”
Even though he didn’t reach every goal he set for himself, Bascue retires from bobsled feeling good about where his career took him.
“Did I accomplish every goal I set in the sport? No. Am I leaving the sport feeling satisfied and accomplished? For sure. So, no matter what happens, I won’t have regrets when it comes to this decision and my bobsled career as a whole,” Bascue said.
“I truly believe that this is the right decision for me right now and I am so excited for what the future holds.”