Whitehall ready to support its first Olympian, Codie Bascue
January 16, 2018 06:41 PM
WHITEHALL - Codie Bascue is going to Pyeongchang. The 23-year-old WHS graduate will wear the red, white and blue for the U.S.A. Olympic bobsled team, competing in the two-man and four-man events.
Codie is the number one ranked driver for Team U.S.A. Not bad for a kid who had to ride an hour-and-a-half each way with his grandfather to get to the nearest bobsled track in Lake Placid.
Codie's father, Craig, a soft-spoken professional firefighter in Glens Falls, is still beaming Tuesday, a day after the news became official.
"It's a proud moment. I don't know what else to say."
Like his dad, Codie is quiet. The wrestling and football standout at Whitehall High has been laser-focused on bobsled since his grandfather, Alan, introduced the sport to him at the age of 8.
Codie and his family learned Monday that all of the hard work, and dedicating most of his life to the sport, had paid off with the spot in Korea.
Asked to describe what makes him most proud, Craig Bascue says, "Just his dedication, hard work. He never gave up."
The community of Whitehall is also rallying around its first Olympian.
"It's very exciting for Whitehall. Not only do we all know the family, we've all watched Codie grow from when he was 8-years old to now being an Olympian," said Cheryl Putorti, co-owner of Putorti's Broadway Market, one of the first businesses to sponsor the young bobsledder with Olympic dreams.
Codie's Olympic spot is being celebrated on the sign at the school, where events are being planned for students.
Banners will be going up soon at area businesses.
"I hope people embrace this. I hope they understand what's happening here in Whitehall and they get behind it 100-percent," said Francis Putorti during a break from taking care of customers at his Whitehall store.
Codie told his dad that making the team was the first step. Now he's hoping to bring a medal back to his hometown.
"He's just going to do the best he can do and try to make everybody proud."
He's already made many in this community proud.
Olympic viewing parties are being planned at the Whitehall Elks Lodge when Codie races.
His competition begins February 18, which is also his father's birthday.
Updated: January 16, 2018 06:41 PM
Created: January 16, 2018 05:50 PM
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