Howard Siler, Jr.

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHoward Banford•Siler, Jr.
Used nameHoward•Siler, Jr.
Born18 June 1945 in Newport News, Virginia (USA)
Died8 July 2014 in Clermont, Florida (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsLake Placid BC, Lake Placid (USA)
NOC United States


Howard Siler was a nine-time national champion in bobsledding. Siler also won a bronze medal in the 4-man event at the 1969 World Championships. He represented the Lake Placid Bobsled Club throughout his career. Siler’s business career was as an insurance agent for Combined Life of New York. He later achieved some fame as the coach of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team that was portrayed in the movie Cool Runnings. Siler was the inspiration for the John Candy character in the movie that coached the Jamaican bobsledders.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) USA Howard Siler, Jr.
Two, Men (Olympic) Paul Lamey 16
Four, Men (Olympic) United States 1 AC
1980 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) USA Howard Siler, Jr.
Two, Men (Olympic) Dick Nalley 5
Four, Men (Olympic) United States 2 13

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