Saturday, July 28, 2007

So it has begun

Wow! I'm writing this from my hotel room in Calgary on the last night of our first camp. First off, I can't believe it's 9:45pm and the sun is still out; it feels like 6:00. I'm totally tripped out. Anyway, what's worse is that I'm already pushing a bobsled.......ON ICE!!! It's July for crying out loud. Hell, I was pushing on ice before Utah celebrated Pioneer day. That might not seem like much of a deal to you but, trust me, it is.


All around it was a good week. We had a few days of pushing, in which we did some experimenting, nothing too promising, but hey, if you're coasting, you're going downhill.

As great as this week was, and how much it will help our upcoming season, and help us defend our world title, it will not be as easily dismissed as we would like it to be.


Last night at dinner we were talking about how much the Canadian push track is a joke. Not the facility itself, that is unsurpassed, but the cost. Currently we pay $250/hour. Guess what, that is 0.06 cents per second.

Sounds crazy right? Let me spell it out for you. When you look at the total money spent for us to push for 3 hours, it will blow your mind. I probably shouldn't be telling you this, mainly because I don't want everybody writing the USOC complaining at all the money we're spending, so please, don't tell anybody.


OK here's how it breaks down. There are 6 of us here 1x4-man team, 1 alternate, 1 coach = 6 people. That means we need 3 hotel rooms at $120/night x 3 = $360/day x 6 days = $2160. $40 food Per Diem x 6 people = $240/day x 6 days = $1440. 2 rental cars at $36/day x 6 days = $144. Gym fees of $10 per person x 6 = 60 x 5 days = $300. Gas was approx. $400 for the week, add on 3 hours of pushing for $250/hour = $750. Now finally add in airline tickets, trust me when I give you this figure (it was discussed) = $3600.

The grand total for the week = $8794.00. (that's close to $10,000 a week, A WEEK!!!)

Why did we come here? To push. We pushed for 3 hours. That means it cost us $2932 an hour to push a bobsled on ice. Are you sick yet? 'Cause I am.

Would you pay nearly $3000/hour to do anything? HELL NO!! Then why do we? I'll tell you, the USOC would rather pay that than build our own track. (Did I mention that Canada makes money with the facility?) But hey, as Americans we should feel good knowing we're helping the Canadians. Yeah, helping fund their Olympic programs that are focused on beating the tar out of us.

I know how you are feeling right now, and I'm sorry, but I have to put the icing on the cake. The Ice House charges us $250.00 an hour; the average push on the track takes between 5.00 and 5.50 seconds; which means it costs between $0.30 and $0.33 per push. with 10 pushes at most; what happens to the other $247?

6 comments:

beentheredonethat said...

quit complaining hulk

-Holcomb said...

In the words of the great Lesley Gore, It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to.

Dad said...

Come home and you can push the lawnmower for free!!!

Baghira said...

Why The Cortina's Competition it's changed in January?
ciao ciao

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What results should our funding be based on?

Who is the US Bobsled Team?

During the season Bobsledders and Skeleton-ers are paid for the races that take place each weekend. Skeleton athletes get paid $1000 for their 1 race. Since bobsledders race twice in a weekend should they be paid twice?

How much equipment should be given to the #1 team