After spending 2015-16 primarily on the Europa Cup circuit, Nick Poloniato joined the World Cup team full-time in 2016-17. He surpassed all expectations with a fifth-place finish in the two-man event at the world championships with Neville Wright.
Alex Kopacz celebrated his first World Cup podium in January 2016 when he was part of Justin Kripps’ four-man crew that won bronze in Lake Placid. In the 2017-18 season the Kripps-Kopacz earned four podiums together in the two-man event, including one victory.
Melissa Lotholz and Kaillie Humphries reached the podium in all eight World Cup races in 2015-16, winning gold at four of them, to claim the overall World Cup title.
Less than two months after Christine de Bruin switched from a World Cup brakeman to a development pilot she finished fourth in her first North American Cup race in March 2013. In 2015, de Bruin won three North American Cup races in a row, and proceeded to make her World Cup debut as a pilot a year later.
Cam Stones attended his first scouting combine at age 22 and a year later made his international bobsleigh debut in January 2015 in a North American Cup race. He made his World Cup debut in January 2016.
Josh Kirkpatrick made his first World Cup start as a member of Chris Spring’s four-man crew in 2014 after attending at talent ID camp that summer.
Alysia Rissling made history in February 2015 during a North American Cup race in Park City, Utah when she became the first ever pilot of an all-female four-man sled in an internationally sanctioned race.
Oluseyi or Seyi (nicknamed Shay) Smith’s first Olympic experience was at London 2012 where he was part of Canada’s 4x100m relay team.