Lake Park students Skype with Naples Olympian
The students Skyped with Brian Shimer.
Don't let the weather fool you -- bobsledding is the most captivating sport in Naples.
At least to the students of Lake Park Elementary School, who have had a front row seat to bobsledding history, thanks to a cool connection: the U.S. Bobsledding coach is Naples native and Lake Park parent Brian Shimer.
Shimer has made good use of technology while in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, staying in touch with his own children, daughter Briana, a third-grader, and son Bodie, a first-grader. His ex-wife Ann Marie Shimer said her kids were using FaceTime to keep in touch with their dad, an Olympic medalist and participant in five Olympic Games before taking on a new role as coach.
She knew other students would be interested in speaking to such an accomplished athlete, as well.
"It's so fun to see the kids' eyes light up," Ann Marie Shimer said. "They're saying, 'Wow! We had no idea we knew someone so close to the Olympics.'"
Thursday morning the school's fifth-grade media team set up a Skype interview with Shimer via their morning newscast, with the direction of Principal Christopher Marker.
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Before the show began, Briana and Bodie were able to speak to their father for a few minutes, and took the opportunity to tell dad some jokes.
"Why did the football player go to the bank?" a bashful Bodie asked. "To get his quarter back."
Once Marker started asking the questions, the students leaned more about Brian Shimer's time in Sochi. He asked about the food, which Shimer lamented, leaves something to be desired.