Curt Tomasevicz, a native of Shelby, Neb., is making his third Olympics appearance in bobsledding — he won a gold medal in 2010. Tomasevicz, who competes Feb. 22-23, will be blogging periodically for The World-Herald throughout the Winter Games.
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It’s hard to imagine that I would have any regrets about the 2010 Olympics. Everything went the way we had hoped. We had a plan and we executed it. That plan included our physical preparation days, weeks, and months in advance. The right people were in place to help us including strength coaches, sports medicine staff, nutritionists, psychologists, and bobsled coaches. Our sled and equipment were dialed in to be the best setup for the two day race of four total runs. We even had a plan on how to get to the track at a certain time to allow for the optimal warm up, but not too long so we wouldn’t be standing around getting tired or anxious.
Standing on the top of the podium was proof that our scheme was the right approach. But I felt like I may have missed out on a part of the Olympic experience. I didn’t watch any other event prior to my races. I was in my own focused, small bubble.
So this time I have decided to use some of our down time before our races to watch other events. So far, I have seen two women’s hockey games, some short track speed skating, and the men’s moguls finals. It is amazing to see the reactions and celebrations of the athletes as they win. You can almost feel their relief and excitement as they have dedicated the last four years or more to this one moment. I spent some time as a fan and cheered on the USA from a different viewpoint. And that has helped me prepare and add to my plan this Olympics.
Watching these other events has taken my motivation to another level. I’m more inspired than ever to stand on the podium and see the red, white, and blue fly a little higher than the other two flags. We have a plan in place again for this race like we did four years ago. But in addition to all the physical, nutritional, mental, and equipment planning, an extra bit of motivation is burning in us. Look out Germany.