Backfield to bobsled

January 12, 1991

Minnesota Vikings running back Herschel Walker got his first taste of riding down a bobsled run yesterday.

Walker and driver Brian Shimer covered the 1,430-meter Olympic bobsled course at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1 minute, 2.03 seconds, about five or six seconds off what is considered a good run.

Walker said he wasn't out to break any records, but rather to get experience in the sled and on the refrigerated track.

"It felt good," Walker said after his run, held in sub-zero temperatures. "It doesn't compare to anything I've ever done before.

"The biggest thrill was getting used to the brakes and looking up during the out-of-control speed."

Walker is vying for a position as a brakeman on the U.S. national bobsled team that will compete in the 1992 Winter Olympics. Walker, along with Olympic hurdler Edwin Moses and National Football League wide receiver Willie Gault, qualified for a tryout by passing a series of physical tests last summer.

Moses has already earned a spot on one of the national team's two-man bobsleds, serving as brakeman for Shimer, the team's No. 1 driver. Gault plays for the Los Angeles Raiders, who made the NFL playoffs.

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