Waightman Washbond

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Waightman Alan "Bud" Washbond (March 30, 1924 - August 18, 2006) was an American soldier and bobsledder. He was the son of Alan Washbond, a gold medalist in the two-man bobsleigh event at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Military career[edit]

A native of Keene Valley, New York, Washbond participated in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division in the 327th Glider Infantry.[1] While in the 101st Airborne, he participated in the Siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.[1]

Bobsleigh career[edit]

Following World War II, Washbond followed in his father's footsteps and competed in the Winter Olympics as a bobsledder.[1] Competing in two games, he earned his best finish of fifth in the two-man event at Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Washbond was a hunter and outdoorsman who also was a fan of the New York Giants (football), New York Yankees, and the University of Connecticut basketball teams.[1]


Washbond died on August 18, 2006 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.[1] He was survived by his second wife of 27 years, one son, three stepsons, 12 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g D'Espo Funeral Home announcement of Washbond's 2006 death. - accessed May 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). "Bobsled:Two-man". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 1896-1980. New York: Penguin Books. pp. 558-9.
  3. ^ 1956 bobsleigh two-man results