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Bobsled/skeleton Hall of Fame inducts three

November 23, 2012
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) inducted William "Mike" Hollrock, James Ernest Lamy, and Brent Rushlaw into its third class of Hall of Fame members at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The USBSF Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sports of bobsled and skeleton. Their dedication and commitment as athletes and supporters of the USBSF will be forever honored through their induction into the Hall of Fame.

"We have a rich history and our success today is the direct result of the pioneering efforts of some great athletes and supporters who came before us," said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele. "We need to recognize those individuals, celebrate their accomplishments and record our history. It all started here in Lake Placid, so this is the perfect place to host the Hall of Fame."

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James Lamy was one of the most accomplished bobsledders during his career that spanned from 1956 to 1964. He later managed the sliding track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
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Hollrock played football at the University of Miami before he was recruited into the sport of bobsled. He was a member of winning four-man bobsled teams at the 1974 and 1975 AAU races, finished 15th in the 1975 World Championships, and 19th at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games. Hollrock remained active in the sport as an assistant coach and served as secretary of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. He is a Lake Placid High School graduate and opened Hollrock Concrete, Inc. after his bobsled career.

James Lamy, son of champion speed skater Ed Lamy, competed as a speed skater before finding his passion in the sport of bobsled. During his career from 1956-1964, Lamy became one of the most accomplished bobsledders in American history.

Lamy represented the Saranac Lake Bobsled Club and earned a bronze medal in the four-man bobsled event at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Games. In addition to his Olympic medal, Lamy was also the three-time North American four-man bobsled champion, two-time AAU two-man bobsled champion, and two-time AAU four-man bobsled champion.

Lamy served in the Navy during World War II and in the Marine Corps in the Korean War. He served as chairman of the U.S. Bobsled Committee, was vice president of the Federation Internationale de Bobsledding et Tobogganing and even managed the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled facility.

Rushlaw was a member of the Saranac Lake Bobsled Club and is a five-time national two-man bobsled champion. He won 18 of the 26 national two-man races he entered, and was named to four Winter Olympic teams in 1976, '80, '84 and '88.

Rushlaw was nicknamed "Stuntman" for antics like flipping off a 50-foot bridge into an icy Saranac River and for driving 350-miles from Saranac Lake to Long Island in a '57 Chevy without brakes. Sports Illustrated described Rushlaw as "real shy, real quiet and real trouble." Despite just missing out on an Olympic medal in the '80 Olympics, Rushlaw earned the title as one of the best bobsled pilots in the world.



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