As Olympic athletes are preparing to head to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete, they bring with them the hopes and the dreams of their hometowns.
Codie Bascue of Whitehall, New York, is no different. Bascue will compete in the four-man bobsled team in the 2018 Olympic Games. He was a former football and wrestling star in his hometown in Washington County, which is northeast of here on the Vermont border.
Bascue started learning the sport of bobsled at age eight from his grandfather, who took him up to Lake Placid to train. His father, a soft-spoken firefighter, and the rest of the town are thrilled and backing Bascue all the way.
"It's a proud moment,” said Craig Bascue, Codie’s father. “Just his dedication, hard work, never gave up.”
“Just going to do the best he can do and try and make everybody proud," Bascue said.
"It is very exciting for Whitehall - not only do we all know the family, we've all watched Codie grow from when he was eight years old to now, being an Olympian,” said Cheryl Putorti, a shopkeeper in Whitehall.
Bascue worked his way from being a bobsled pusher to being the top-ranked driver in the U.S.