Codie Bascue was supposed to be the U.S. bobsled driving star of the future, someone expected to contend alongside the world's best during the next Olympic cycle.

He apparently doesn't want to wait that long.

After winning all four races in the national team trials, Bascue was tabbed Friday as the top U.S. driver to start the upcoming World Cup bobsled season — a breakthrough that even he wasn't expecting.

"I'm kind of in shock and awe," Bascue said from Park City, Utah, where the team selections were announced.

Former Olympic and world champion Steven Holcomb also made the team as a driver, as did Justin Olsen — a push athlete in Holcomb's sled that won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Olsen continued his rapid rise in the driving ranks, edging veteran Nick Cunningham to earn the third spot going into the World Cup season.

Holcomb is by far the most decorated driver on the team, and Cunningham and Olsen have shown they can more than hang with the top sleds in the world. But the star of the U.S. trials was a 22-year-old from Whitehall, New York, a small town near the Vermont border where high school football and wrestling command far more attention than driving sleds down icy mountainside chutes.

"He proved his worth these past few races," Cunningham said. "And he didn't do it with a big push. He just flat-out outdrove all of us."

Winning the trials ordinarily would mean Bascue would carry the USA-1 designation into the World Cup opener at Whistler, Canada, next month.

A rulebook quirk will keep that from being the case.

The start order for the season's first race is based on the points from the previous season. The top 10 returning pilots — Bascue won't be among those — get put into a random draw for the first 10 starting spots down the hill. The other sleds start in order of their IBSF ranking, so technically, there's no way Bascue can start as USA-1 since Holcomb is assured of starting ahead of him based on last season's points total.

No matter — Bascue proved during the trials that his time might indeed be now.

"I knew I progressed quite a bit this offseason," Bascue said. "I guess I'm kind of coming into my own as a driver. I think I'm more focused now than I was in the past and I think that helps big-time."

The three women's pilots to start the season are two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor (who had a bye for the trials), Jamie Greubel Poser and first-time national team driver Brittany Reinbolt.

Meyers Taylor and Greubel Poser each won twice in the four-race trials series.

Returning Olympians Lolo Jones and Aja Evans are among the women tabbed as push athletes for the national team, along with Lauren Gibbs, Kehri Jones and rookie Briauna Jones.

The men's push-athlete pool includes returnees Carlo Valdes, Jimmy Reed, Adrian Adams, Sam Michener, Evan Weinstock, Sam McGuffie, Nathan Gilsleider, Austin Landis and Frank Del Duca. They're joined by first-time national-teamers Luis Moreira and Christopher Kinney.