About a year ago, Craig Bascue and his wife purchased tickets to the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The ceremony is less than a month away. The Bascues are still waiting for official word on whether their son, Whitehall native Codie Bascue, will make the Olympic bobsled team.
Codie Bascue went into the weekend as the top American in the World Cup standings and is considered a likely Olympian. The final World Cup event before the Olympics will finish up Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The news will come Monday morning, when the announcement of the US bobsled team will be made official by USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
“We bought these tickets last year,” Craig Bascue said with a laugh. “We’ve been hoping things go as we expect them to.”
“With the way he has been developing and moving up through the ranks, we were pretty sure he would be in these Olympics.”
With Codie doing well with the national team, the Bascues booked their housing for the Winter Olympics in October. Codie’s parents plan to be in South Korea for the duration of the 2018 games, while his grandparents and sister will arrive a few days prior to his first competition on Feb. 18.
Considering the ongoing tension between North Korea and the United States, it is fair to wonder if the Bascues feel uneasy staying in a city that is a mere 50 miles away from North Korea. Regardless, Craig Bascue said him and his family are not that concerned.
“No matter where the event is, you are going to have a little bit of nerves in this day and age,” Bascue said. “South Korea is very pro American so there is a good relationship there.”
Though it was not easy, both of Codie’s parents secured enough time off work to witness their son race nearly 7,000 miles away. Bascue said both he and his wife’s employers have been understanding and supportive.
“I had to take the majority of the vacation for the year and use it up,” Bascue said. “But it worked out and I had enough time.”
Mike Rocque, a Whitehall community leader, said there are ideas on the drawing table to honor Codie Bascue before a trip to the Olympics and help send him off to South Korea.