Christopher Coleman, who represented the USA in four-man bobsleigh at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, discovered the sport almost by accident. Perhaps even on a whim.
I was working in the college dorm as a resident assistant and was watching the Calgary 1988 Olympics on TV, says the New York native who now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I was a track and field athlete, but a journalist nodded at the Winter Olympics and asked me what I was interested in, so I said bobsleigh.
The only reason he said bobsleigh was that an athlete from his hometown had been in the running for the US team. Eventually, word of this interview got around to that other athlete, who showed up at Coleman’s university to say, “Hey, you want to try bobsleigh?”