Springfield, Mass. – February 8, 2010 – Former Springfield College track star Erin Pac ’03 will be representing the United States as the driver for USA Bobsled II in the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympic Games that begin Friday, February 12. Ranked sixth in the world in her event, she will be competing for a medal on February 23 and 24.
A former heptathlete, Pac has been a competitor for the United States in bobsledding since the summer of 2002, when her track coach, Jim Pennington, convinced her to try out for the sport. “I owe a lot to Coach Pennington,” said Pac. “He has been behind me the whole way.”
Pac just missed making the Olympic Team in 2006 when she was competing as a brakeman. As a driver now, she is ranked sixth in the world. She will be combining with brakeman Elana Meyers in this two-person sled.
When recently asked if she thought she had a chance to medal, the 29-year old native of Farmington, Conn. said, “Yes, I believe we have a realistic chance. But a lot can happen when you are traveling down that hill between 75 and 95 miles per hour. I’ve been preparing a long time for this moment. I hope to do everyone proud."
Pac will be competing towards the latter stages of the Olympic Games – February 23 and 24 – two heats each day. She majored in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies while she was at Springfield College. She finished 10th in the hepathlon for SC at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, 2002.