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North Country National Guardsmen helping give bobsledders a brake

Pvt. Steven Spence, agreed, saying he enjoyed the experience, especially given his background.

"I was actually a braker for a race car driver," said Spence, who was participating in the challenge for his second year. "This time I wasn't a braker for an actual driver, but I was helping with the practicing. It was fun."

Spc. Andrew Konstantinidis, a first-timer at the challenge, did ride in the sled as a brakeman and said he also enjoyed being part of the event. The rush of racing down the track was something Konstantinidis said he'd definitely like to feel again.

"It was awesome. It was a new experience, and it was a little scary at first because I've never done it before, but it was fun being that low to the ice," he said.

"It was a great event - friendly people, great staff," added Pvt. Joshua Euber, another first-time participant. "Everybody who participated was really upbeat even though it was really cold. I think it went smoothly."

Since its inception, the mission of the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge has been to create awareness and greater funding for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc., which creates American-made bobsleds for the U.S. men's and women's national bobsled teams. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project is an endeavor of Bodine and auto racing designer Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics in Oxford, Conn.

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