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Former Rice football and track standout Sam McGuffie is one of 12 athletes selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team to compete in PyeongChang, South Korea in the 13th Winter Olympic Games. The team was announced today by USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
I'm happy I get to represent Rice University and the city of Houston wherever I go, but especially at the Winter Games. Rice is family. Rice has been behind me when I started out on this crazy adventure in 2015. Hopefully I can represent the university and fellow alumni well. I'm just real excited for this opportunity.
Sam McGuffie, 2018 Team USA
“I’m happy I get to represent Rice University and the City of Houston wherever I go, but especially at the winter games,” McGuffie said. “Rice is family. Rice has been behind me when I started out on this crazy adventure in 2015. Hopefully I can represent the university and fellow alumni well. I’m just real excited for this opportunity,” he added.
This is his third year as a member of the national team and he has collected five World Cup medals in his career in addition to finishing third in the 2017 World Cup four-man competition.
The Olympic bobsled and skeleton events are contested in a four-heat format over two days of racing with two heats on each day. The two-man competition will take place Feb. 18-19, and four-man races Feb. 24-25 at the Olympic Sliding Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.
Opening ceremonies for the 13th Winter Olympics will be held on February 9.
This is McGuffie’s first appearance in the Olympics and he will become the first Rice athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.
After transferring to Rice after one year at the University of Michigan, McGuffie was a standout in both football and track at Rice. He had a combined 2,299 all-purpose yards at Rice, rushing for 1,057 yards with seven touchdowns and catching 102 passes for 1,059 and nine touchdowns. He ranks 11th in school history with his 102 receptions.
On the track, he finished second in the long jump at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor with a jump of 24-8.25 and he finished third in the Heptathlon at the 2012 C-USA Indoor.