Brian Shimer

USA Bobsled and Skeleton

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Position: Men's Bobsled Head Coach

Brian Shimer played football at Morehead State University, where he was a wide receiver and running back and graduated with a degree in industrial technology. After graduation he turned to the bobsled, using his athletic talents as a push athlete before becoming a top driver and competing in five Winter Olympic Games. At the 1993 World Championships, Shimer won the four-man bronze medal. In 1997 he won two more bronze medals at Worlds, in both two-man and four-man. Shimer competed in five Winter Olympics and finally came through for an Olympic medal in 2002, winning another bronze in the four-man at Salt Lake City. He has since become the coach of the US men’s bobsled team. Shimer was chosen to carry the US flag at the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

About Me: Shimer has been involved in the sport of bobsled for 24 years.  His favorite moment in his sliding career was winning a bronze in the four-man at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. His favorite moment as a coach was witnessing Holcomb's four-man team win the 2009 World Champions in Lake Placid. Outside of coaching, Shimer is an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, diving, riding horses, and ATV's.  Shimer holds a BS in Industrial Technology from Morehead State University.

Career Highlights: 

Olympics

  • 1988: 16th in four-man
  • 1992: 7th in two-man
  • 1994: 13th in two-man
  • 1998: 10th in two-man, 5th in four-man
  • 2002: 9th in two-man, BRONZE in four-man
World Championships

  • 1993: BRONZE in four-man, Igls, Austria
  • 1997: BRONZE in four-man, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1997: BRONZE in two-man, St. Moritz, Switzerland
World Cup 

  • 1993: Combined World Cup champion
  • 1993: Four-man World Cup champion
  • 1993: 2nd in two-man World Cup points
  • 1997: 2nd in four-man World Cup points
  • 1997: 3rd in two-man World Cup points

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