Jazmine Fenlator kneels next to the USA-3 sled, dedicated to members of the Fire Department of New York.
Photo by Alan Belford.
Lake Placid As there is at any international competition, this year’s Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships were filled with an array of flags, colors, and designs festooning competitors, fans, and the sleds themselves.
One such sled stood out to many observers, as it honored the Fire Department of New York in this the 10th bobsleigh season since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The U.S. sled was piloted by Jazmine Fenlator, 26, of Wayne, New Jersey, who trains in Lake Placid.
“This sled has a history of pilots and brakemen, but this is the first year it’s been wrapped for a tribute to the Fire Department of New York,” said Fenlator, “and it’s been pretty awesome.
“Not only did the Sept. 11 attacks happen close to where I’m from,” said Fenlator, who has friends who lost family members in the attacks, “but I come from a long line of servicemen, firemen, and policemen. This is a symbol of all they do for us.”
This season marked Fenlator’s first season as a bobsleigh pilot and she found many people were interested in her sled as she traveled on the World Cup tour.
“Many people know the story, so I had a lot of people asking to take photos, and a lot of people taking a moment of silence – and many of them were not Americans,” Fenlator said.
Fenlator placed tenth in the women’s two-man bobsleigh event in her first World Championship.
“I think being new to the World Cup, and that this was my first World Championship – and I had huge hopes – that I am very happy to finish in the top ten,” she said. “It was great with the hometown crowd, and my mom and sister came up.”
With the bobsleigh season finishing, Fenlator will take some time off at home before returning to Lake Placid to restart training in May.
“I hope to continue to grow as an athlete in the sport,” she said.