Whitehall cheers on its 'hometown hero'

February 24, 2018 08:58 AM

Whitehall native, Codie Bascue, is the driver for one of the four-man bobsled teams for Team U.S.A. at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Fright night, a watch party was held at Whitehall Middle High School for people to watch the first two rounds of the bobsled competition. Bascue, 23, was proving to everyone back home that dreams can come true.

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“It’s totally inspiring to kids,” said Middle School Counselor Topher Montville.

Friday night’s watch party included Bascue’s old bobsled for people to look at, a poster for people to sign, and cupcakes with his face on them. More than 100 people were in the auditorium rooting for their hometown hero with cowbells.

“We have to group together because we're not big so when you do something together it really shows like strength as a town,” said student Louie Pratt.

While everyone at the party knows Bascue for a different reason, for everyone he is an inspiration.

“Whitehall is not like a real popular town and we got our spotlight and this is really exciting because it's a little town and if someone can do it from this town, then anybody can do anything from anywhere,” explained Pratt.

And while Bascue is all the way in South Korea, everyone back in Whitehall had a message for him

“We are so proud of him whether he brings home a medal or not, he’s golden for us,” said Christine Hoagland of Whitehall.

Another watch party with be held Saturday night on Feb. 24, as Bascue and his team compete in the final two rounds of the competition.


Emily De Vito

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