Whitehall Olympian back stateside

February 28, 2018 07:25 AM

COLONIE - A local Olympian has returned upstate. Bobsledder Codie Bascue from Whitehall came into Albany International Airport quietly late Tuesday night. He's fresh off his first Olympic games in PyeongChang and is ready to work for his next challenge.

Bascue says the entire Olympic experience was worth the wait but now he wants to see what it feels like on the medal stand. He may get another chance in a few years.

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Bascue's plane touched down shortly before midnight. He plans on stopping into Whitehall to see friends and family before resuming his training in Lake Placid.

It was Whitehall that rallied and got up around 6 a.m. our time to watch him compete from South Korea. The 14-hour time difference made his sliding go on about 8 p.m. PyeongChang time.

In the two-man, he and Sam McGuffie of Cypress, Texas finished 25th in the heat which didn't advance them to the finals.

In the four-man, he and his team finished 9th overall in the medal round.

While he had turned off social media during training and competition, he could still feel the support from his hometown and is ready to work toward Beijing and 2022.

"It was cool to see our races starting at 6 a.m. and people getting up to watch with each other," Bascue said. "Thank you to Whitehall and the surrounding area for the support. I couldn't do it without you guys."

Bascue turns 24 this summer. On Twitter, where he's received a lot of support, he posted that "it's a bittersweet day... but excited to get back to the USA."


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