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Powhatan athlete to make Olympic debut on bobsled team

Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Source: Team USA)
Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Source: Team USA)
Published: Jan. 15, 2018 at 5:34 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2018 at 2:03 PM EST
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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A former Powhatan football star is in South Korea as part of the men's four-man and two-man Olympic bobsled teams.

Hakeem Abdul-Saboor - who attended college at University of Virginia at Wise - is joining Christopher Kinney and Sam Michener as first time Olympians, along with Nick Cunningham, who participating in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

WHEN TO WATCH, 2-MAN BOBSLED

  • 6:05 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18: run 1
  • 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18: run 2
  • 6:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, run 3
  • 7:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, run 4
  • Click here for information on how to watch

"The men's team showed their grit this season," said USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele.

In addition to helping the Powhatan Indians to a 36-3 record in football during his time there, Abdul-Saboor also played basketball and took part in track. According to his website, an ACL injury ended his football career in college.

WHEN TO WATCH, 4-MAN BOBSLED

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24: run 1
  • 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24: run 2
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, run 3
  • 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, run 4

"Hakeem is probably the best all-around athlete I have ever coached," said one of his football coaches, Dewey Lusk.

Click here to check out Abdul-Saboor's bobsledding highlights.

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