Jacobo has sights set on new season
Now that he has one season with the U.S. Adaptive Bobsled and Skeleton Association under his belt, Steven Jacobo is ready to return and continue the work he has started.
In the meantime, the 25-year-old Gardnerville wheelchair athlete is also working to raise funds to help him take that next step. A spaghetti feed fundraiser will be held next Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Flight Restaurant & Bar, located off Airport Road.
“I can’t wait,” Jacobo said. “I’ve been looking forward to this all year long.”
The spaghetti feed will be held from 4-7 p.m. and include a presentation from Jacobo as well as a silent auction. He said the goal is to raise about $8,000, mainly to cover travel expenses for the 2015-16 season.
“I’ll be explaining my injury, my recovery and my first season bobsledding and how I got involved with that,” Jacobo said. “I’ll give a presentation and I’ll make a video and I’ll be talking about what’s going on and what the future holds.”
Jacobo was paralyzed after a 2013 skiing accident that resulted in severe T9 and T10 vertebrae spinal cord damage.
The World Cup Tour schedule starts on Nov. 5-14 in Calgary, Canada, followed by stops in Park City, Utah on Nov. 15-22, St. Moritz, Switzerland on Jan. 9-16 and Igls, Austria on Jan. 17-23.
“Last season we were in Canada, Switzerland and Austria for the first-ever World Cup for adaptive bobsledding, so we pretty much made history on that,” Jacobo said. “The U.S. took first for adaptive bobsledding and skeleton, which was pretty good.”
Looking back on his inaugural season in the sport, Jacobo posted ninth-place finishes on Jan. 27 and 29 in St. Moritz despite having just taken up the sport a little over a month earlier. He also placed 11th in a race one week before in Igls.
Adaptive sliding sports — bobsledding and skeleton racing — are still in their developmental phases and still in the process of trying to earn a berth in the Winter Paralympics.
“Every year the sport is getting bigger and bigger and obviously we’re still trying to get the Paralympics (started for bobsledding),” Jacobo said. “It’s just a matter of time, and for that to happen, we’ve just got to have more athletes and more nations getting involved. We’re just trying to make it big enough to make it.”
Bobsledding has been a good fit for Jacobo so far.
“I’ve always liked extreme sports and it seemed like a great opportunity to do this,” he said. “I just really enjoy inspiring people.”