Jun 7, 2013 7:43 PM by Greg Smith
His training doesn't look like a bob sledder's workout. But Nate Weber debunks a lot of myths about his sport, starting when you look at him.
"You get a lot of funny looks," says Weber. "And a lot of laughing. They're like 'But you're big--six-foot-two, 230 pounds. I thought you'd have to be small to fit in that sled.' It's actually the complete opposite. A lot of heavy weight training. You want to be a big, strong, fast guy. You need a lot of meat to get that sled moving."
He's become the big, strong, fast guy thanks to his workouts at Fort Carson. He jumped into the top 20 Olympic hopefuls after just eight months of training.
"Most of the other guys on the team have been doing this for years," says Weber. "Usually longer than eight months. I came off the couch in February and was competitve at the international level. Another six or seven months to train, and I think I'm going to surprise a lot of people."
If he's right, you could see him in the USA bobsled in Sochi come 2014.
"That would be one of the most exciting days of my life," says Weber. "One of the happiest moments of my life. Right up there with when I graduated, and got my green beret. Or having my first kid. I'm sure it's going to be an incredible experience if I can get my name on that list."
And if the only thing you know about bobsledding is what you saw in "Cool Runnings," there's one aspect that's not a myth after all.
"We do have a cadence. It's 'Back set. Front set. Ready...' Then you hit the sled on the fourth count. So, it's not as fun as 'Feel the rhythm. Feel the rhyme.' But it gets the sled off the blocks. It's serious time up there." You can bet he's taking his preperation serious. All the way up to February seventh, when the Olympics begin.