LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (January 19, 2006) - Former University of Connecticut womens track standout Bethany Hart was named to the 2006 U.S. National Womens Bobsled team as released by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Hart will be competing in her first Olympic games this February in Torino after having served as an alternate for the 2002 team.
In her time at UConn, Hart won BIG EAST and New England Championships in the hammer in 1999 and 2000 and was an ECAC Champion in 2000. This past summer, the two-time All-American competed in the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
"I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support, not only this season, but throughout my athletic career," said Hart. "It may have taken some time but with hard work, perseverance, and a large amount of patience it has paid off!"
Hart joins a growing list of UConn alumni that have made it to the Olympics to represent the U.S. as well as several other nations including Russia, Haiti, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Lebanon, Nigeria and Greece.
Svetlana Abrosimova (Womens Basketball Russia - 2000)
Ray Allen (Mens Basketball - 2000)
Andy Bessette (Mens Track and Field - 1980)
Sue Bird (Women's Basketball 2004)
Swin Cash (Women's Basketball 2004)
Dudley Dorival (Mens Track and Field Haiti 2000, 2004)
Joanne Durant (Womens Track and Field - Barbados 2000)
Tracey Fuchs (Field Hockey - 1988, 1996)
Vicente Ithier (Mens Basketball - Puerto Rico 1988)
Abed Kaaki (Men's Swimming Lebanon 2004)
Erhardt Kapp (Men's Soccer 1984)
Myron Krasij (Mens Soccer 1964)
Rebecca Lobo (Womens Basketball 1996)
Diane Madl (Field Hockey 1996)
Joe Morrone Jr. (Mens Soccer 1980)
Charles Nagy (Baseball 1988)
Emeka Okafor (Men's Basketball- 2004)
Rashidat Sadiq (Women's Basketball Nigeria 2004)
Peter Soteropoulos (Baseball Greece 2004)
Diana Taurasi (Women's Basketball 2004)
Sara Whalen (Womens Soccer 2000)
Kara Wolters (Womens Basketball 2000)
In addition, women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma was an assistant coach on the 2000 United States women's basketball Olympic Team and former men's basketball head coach Dee Rowe was an assistant on the 1980 United States men's basketball Olympic Team.
The Winter Games are set to begin on February 10th and last through the 26th. The womens bobsled competition will take place on February 21 and 22.