Blugold coaching in the 2018 Winter Olympics

| Judy Berthiaume

Skeleton races not at the top of your list of must-see events at the 2018 Olympic Winter games?

You may want to tune in since a Blugold is coaching one of the Olympians competing in skeleton, a sport that features athletes lying on bobsleds while racing headfirst down an ice track at breakneck speeds.

Lauri Miller Bausch, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2008 with a kinesiology degree, is coaching skeleton driver Akwasi Frimpong, the only African man competing in these winter Olympics and Ghana's second-ever winter Olympian.

Bausch was the weight room intern for the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in fall 2008 when she discovered the sport of skeleton.

She went on to compete in the sport, and now is coaching.

Lauri and the athlete she is coaching in the Olympics are featured in a recent ESPN story.

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games kick off Feb. 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea.