Howard Siler

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Howard Banford Siler Jr. (June 18, 1945 – July 8, 2014) was an American bobsledder who competed from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Howard Siler
Medal record
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Lake Placid Four-man


Siler won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the 1969 FIBT World Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Competing in two Winter Olympics, Siler earned his best finish of fifth in the two-man event at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Siler was a 5-time US champion and a 9 time member of the US World team.[1]

In 1985, Siler served as the United States team coach and also Chairman of the US Bobsled Federation Competition Committee.[2]

Siler later coached the Jamaican bobsleigh team that participated at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He would be profiled as Irving "Irv" Blitzer (played by John Candy) in the American film Cool Runnings (1993).[3]


  1. ^ "Howard Siler dies at 69; Olympic bobsledder coached Jamaican team - Los Angeles Times".
  2. ^ "Howard Siler, first Jamaican bobsled coach, dies at age 69 -".
  3. ^ "Cool Runnings inspiration Howard Siler passes away - Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website".

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