It's only a matter of time before women bobsledders will take over the four-woman sled.
Last Monday, pilot Bree Schaaf navigated a four-man sled from the top of the combined track in Lake Placid, N.Y. USBSF officials say it is the first women's sled to start from the top of the Lake Placid course, and perhaps the first-ever four-woman trip.
She was joined by Sineaid Corley, Katelyn Kelly and Samantha Culiver in the sled.
"The greater goal is getting four-woman bobsled added as an Olympic event someday," Schaaf said. "Yes it would take more money, more athletes, and more sleds, but the same was said about two-woman bobsledding in its initial stages. We burned it off the top in Lake Placid to stir the support and competitive juices of women around the world; to start a mindset amongst the women in bobsled of 'Yes we can.' "
Gone but not forgotten
We note the passing of Harold "Buddy" Heaton, a free-spirited rodeo clown who (without Secret Service clearance), reportedly rode a buffalo named Old Grunter in John F. Kennedy's 1961 inaugural parade.
Heaton died April 14 in Ulysses, Kan., at age 82.
He was a rodeo clown and barrelman for 33 years., working with his Appaloosa, High Hand, and the American buffalo, Old Grunter.
He even was said to have ridden Old Grunter up the freight elevator at the Salt Lake City Tribune for a meeting in the news room.
On a roll
To say Utah Blaze receiver Aaron Boone is hot is an understatement.
Last Saturday, Boone took over the franchise record for career receiving yards (4,063), previously held by Siaha Burley, and now holds team records in receptions (370), receiving yards (4,128) and is tied with Burley for career touchdowns (93).
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BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall and his wife Holly will host the Cowboy Ball on May 21 in Wallsburg. The event benefits the Thursday's Heroes program. Tickets for the event are $100 per person, available for purchase at www.broncomendenhall.com/cowboyball.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org