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Two generations of North Country USA bobsledders swap stories

Hunter Church and Paul Savage swap bobsledding stories in Plattsburgh.
Hunter Church and Paul Savage swap bobsledding stories in Plattsburgh.(WCAX)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:17 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 9:23 AM EDT
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Two generations of bobsled Olympians met in one room Tuesday in Plattsburgh.

Paul Savage, a member of the 1964 and 1968 Olympic USA bobsled team lives at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh. He got to sit down with Hunter Church, an up-and-coming bobsled athlete from Cadyville to talk about the sport they both love.

Church is the driver for team USA in the 2022 Olympics. Savage was the brakeman for the USA Bobsled Team in 1964 and 1968.

“Have this incredible pride to represent my country,” Church said.

The two spent the afternoon swapping stories about training and tracks.

“So describe to me what your first trip was like? What was the sensation?” Church asked.

“I was more excited than anything else,” Savage said. “I wanted to make it to the bottom.”

They learned that the track Church became a world champion on was the same that made Savage an Olympian 57 years ago.

The two North Country boys compared how the gear has changed, and apparently, it has changed a lot.

“This is it, this is the only thing we wear,” Church said.

“Oh my god,” Savage said.

“It’s to be as fast as possible,” Church explained.

The meeting never left a moment without laughter and handing off advice from one generation to another for the world’s largest stage.

“If I could make two Olympics like you, it would be a blessing,” Church told Savage.

“Keep good physical shape. don’t drink, don’t smoke,” Savage said. “You don’t smoke do you?”

All jokes aside, the bond over bobsledding is as tight as ever and these two hope to continue to inspire future Olympians living in our own backyard.

“Just like it was when you were sliding, how all the great bobsledders were from the area. I want to make kids from this area think that they can do the same thing,” Church said.

“Good,” Savage said.

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