Sam Shaud, a determined athlete, is taking on a new challenge: joining the USA Skeleton Team. From his collegiate sports achievements to his academic success, Shaud's journey showcases his unwavering pursuit of excellence.
At Villanova University, Shaud excelled in both football and track and field. As a walk-on for both teams, he displayed a strong work ethic and passion for competition. Shaud earned a starting position as a Wide Receiver in his senior year of football and achieved a remarkable feat by placing in the Big East Championships in Javelin during his junior year of track and field.
After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Master’s degree in Data Science, he was introduced to bobsled/skeleton by a hometown friend, and he was captivated by its thrill and challenge. Embracing the sport with unwavering determination, Shaud saw an opportunity to rekindle the competitive team dynamic that had driven him before.
Pursuing skeleton was not merely a personal endeavor; it was a chance to contribute more to the world of athletics. “I feel like I still have more to offer athletically and just having the opportunity to pursue representing my country in a sport is something I feel very grateful to have the chance to do,” Shaud said, when asked about his new athletic ambitions.
As Shaud continues training towards his goal, he embodies determination, resilience, and gratitude. His journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes who refuse to settle and constantly seek new challenges. Combining his athletic prowess, academic achievements, and unwavering dedication, Shaud epitomizes the essence of a well-rounded athlete.
We eagerly anticipate Shaud's journey in skeleton, knowing that he represents the essence of an athlete on a quest for greatness. You can follow Sam’s journey by creating your own GMTM profile and connecting with him!
You can learn more about the USA Bobsled/Skeleton team by visiting their website, checking out other great GMTM Bobsled content, and staying up to date about the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Digital Combine!