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Kaylie Perry
Guest Writer
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Curt Tomasevicz poses with his Olympic gold medal. Tomaseviczs four man bobsled team won the gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Curt Tomasevicz, from Shelby, never thought he would be carrying around an Olympic gold medal in his pocket.

But Tomasevicz, who started bobsledding in 2004, appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, where he placed sixth in the four-man event. 

Last Tuesday, Tomasevicz shared his life-changing story with students at the student union. He speaks around the country on the story of his own success, his faith, goal-setting and how to achieve desired goals.

During his senior year as a Husker in 2003, he earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors. Tomasevicz holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

But it was definitely always football on his mind as a young boy.

“Growing up I always dreamed of playing football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers,”  Tomasevicz said. 

Tomasevicz was a walk-on running back for the Huskers before he decided to focus on academics and move on from football. 

“My mom never let me sit around and watch television. I didn’t even own a Nintendo growing up, so when I quit playing football I had to find something else to do with my spare time,” Tomasevicz said.

He talked to one of his old coaches to see if he had ideas about something for him to do and learned that the coach was training a girl getting ready for the USA bobsledding tryouts, and he wanted Tomasevicz to help.

 “I went through the bobsledding training everyday and decided that maybe I wanted to try out for the USA team also,” Tomasevicz said.

His four-man bobsled team won the World Championships in Lake Placid in 2009 and took home the bronze medal in the two-man event in the same World Championships.

But his biggest accomplishment came in February at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver when his four-man bobsled team won the gold medal for the first time in 62 years. 

“My life has definitely changed since the win in Vancouver…I have thrown a pitch at Wrigley Field at a Chicago Cubs game, and I have played on stage during a concert with Pearl Jam,” Tomasevicz said. 

Tomasevicz now travels around to different schools and events telling his amazing story, but at every place he leaves behind three great things to take with you.

“Never forget where you’ve been, where you are going and where you are headed,” Tomasevicz said.

Learn more about Curt Tomasevicz at http://www.beyondtheultimate.org/athletes/Curt-Tomasevicz.aspx and at www.huskers.com.

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