COLUMBUS — Curt Tomasevicz will soon be glued to the tube watching athletes he helped select for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“I’ll be watching,” said the former Olympian and ex-Nebraska football player from Shelby.
Tomasevicz earned a doctorate in biological systems engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December and now teaches engineering at UNL.
He first competed in the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, finishing sixth in the four-man bobsled. He won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and earned the bronze at the Sochi Games in 2014.
This year, he helped select the team during a trip to Switzerland.
“It’s fun to know I helped select athletes as a member of the selection committee,” he said.
Competition at this year's Games will be pretty tough, he said, but the Americans should be in medal contention.
Each of the men’s bobsled competitions consist of four heats. The two-man bobsled competition begins Sunday with two preliminary runs, at 7:05 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The medal heats begin at 5:15 a.m. the next day.
The four-man bobsled competition is Feb. 24-25, with four heats, as the Games near an end.
“They’re only a few hours before the closing ceremony,” Tomasevicz said.
The former Husker football walk-on knows the Americans have much to overcome when competing against nations with athletes who have been racing down bobsled tracks since childhood. Team USA members typically don’t get involved in bobsledding until after college.
Team members are limited by lack of facilities, as there are only two tracks in the nation — in Lake Placid, New York, and Park City, Utah — both sites of previous Winter Games.
“We’re a developing program,” Tomasevicz said.