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Athlete Biography

Army Sgt. William “Bill” Tavares

Army Sgt. William “Bill” Tavares is a 26-year veteran of the Army National Guard and bobsled coach in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program stationed at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Tavares finished ninth at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games as a luge competitor. He coached the U.S. women’s bobsled teams at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. As a coach for U.S. National Teams since 1997, Tavares has helped lead athletes to five world championships and 70 medals in World Cup competitions.

Achievements include:

  • 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Assistant Coach
  • 70 World Cup medals
  • Two silver medals at Bobsled World Championships
  • Three bronze medals at Bobsled World Championships
  • 1999 USOC Development Coach of the Year
  • 1997-2008 U.S. National Team Coach
  • 1992 U.S. Olympic luge athlete

Primarily an Army coach, Tavares thinks military athletes compete with a different perspective.

“WCAP athletes from any sport have the biggest upper hand on any other athlete,” he said. “Because this is sport, it’s not the end of the world. And WCAP athletes have a better understanding of that than any other athlete that I know.

In His Own Words

“We can be deployed at any time. Let’s get some things under perspective here, you know?” he added with a stern smile. “We know what our jobs are. We might be athletes and coaches now, but we’re Soldiers. This is sport.”