Cleared for COVID, FSU student Josh Williamson set to join Olympic bobsled teammates in China
Williamson is believed to be the first FSU student to compete in the Winter Olympics, according to FSU.
Josh Williamson has been cleared to join his Olympic teammates in Beijing.
The U.S. bobsled athlete and Florida State student shared on Facebook Tuesday that he was “Beijing bound!”
Williamson may be the first FSU student to compete in the Winter Olympics, according to FSU.
On Jan. 28, Williamson – a brakeman on the four-man team – wrote on Instagram that he would not be flying to Beijing with other members of Team USA after testing positive for COVID-19.
The post indicated that he was currently at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California.
Williamson, 25, did not initially specify whether he is experiencing any symptoms.
In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Williamson said he experienced "mild symptoms" and also had tested negative for the virus in recent tests.
Williamson said he'd be retested in China as well.
"This has not been an easy pill to swallow," he wrote on Instagram.
"I have felt pretty helpless throughout this process, but I've also found myself laughing a bit at the situation I'm in. Isn't it ironic that after 4 years of hard work, all there is to do is sit, rest, recover and have faith? Things I struggle to do the most."
Training heats in men's bobsled begin Thursday.
Williamson is one of six male push athletes on the U.S. Olympic roster and could be included in the two-man and four-man competition.
FSU has long list of Olympic athletes, but Williamson may be firs in Winter games
While believed to be the first Seminole to be making his Winter Olympics debut, he also joins a long list of FSU Olympians who have competed in past Summer Olympic Games.
Williamson – in an interview with Florida State University News – said he’s scheduled to graduate from FSU in December with a degree in marketing.
When asked how it feels to be representing FSU and the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, the Lake Mary native said:
“It means the world to me, especially since I first started training for bobsledding here at FSU. One night during a late-night workout on the track field, I saw a wall with the names of FSU athletes who had competed in the Olympics. From that point on, competing in the Winter Olympics has been a goal of mine.
“Looking back on those late evenings at FSU where I would train alone is surreal; FSU is where my passion for this sport began. I could not have made it to the Olympics without the resources and facilities offered here on campus. FSU immediately comes to mind when I think of this journey because it is where it all began for me. “
Williamson played lacrosse at Mercer prior to transferring to FSU.
World Championship Experience
- 2019 Two-man World Championships- 16th with pilot Codie Bascue in Whistler
- 2019 Four-man World Championships- 11th with pilot Codie Bascue in Whistler
- Two-Man U-23 Two-Man World Championships with pilot Hunter Church - 6th in St. Moritz
When to watch
Friday, Feb. 18
- Four-man Run 1 – 8:30 p.m. (EST)
- Four-man Run 2 – 10:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19
- Four-man Run 3 – 8:30 p.m.
MEDAL EVENT: Four-man Run 4 – 10:20 p.m.
Reach Jim Henry at email@example.com.
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