Curtis Tomasevicz, who was a member of the four-man bobsled team that won the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, stopped by the Universal Sports Network studios to be interviewed by Jenny Cavnar on Countdown to Sochi. Before the Countdown Conversation, UniversalSports.com caught up with Curtis to get to know him outside of the bobsled.
What was your favorite memory playing college football in Nebraska?
One of my favorite memories was when we played in the bowl game in 2003. It was my senior year, and our head coach, Frank Solich, was just let go before that, so we felt it was us against the world. We didn’t feel like a lot of people believed in us, but we hung in there and beat Michigan State pretty handily. It was a great way to end my career there.
What is one thing we don’t know about your teammate, Steven Holcomb?
He can eat hot wings like it’s his job. There’s a wing place we go to every week that has discount wings on Mondays, and we do some damage.
Lolo Jones has received a lot of attention for reportedly eating 9,000 calories per day to add nearly 30 pounds to her slender frame. How does her appetite compare to yours?
I would have a tough time consuming 9,000 calories in a day. I don’t know if it’s even humanly possible to eat that much. For me, I count grams of protein more than calories. The best way for most bobsledders to gain weight is to have a high protein, low fat diet and then hit the weight room hard, but every athlete is different.
What is the one workout you dread?
I really like back squats, but I dread front squats. I like the feeling of walking out of the weight room after a good squats workout, but after front squats, I can barely walk.
If you were to compete in the summer Olympics, which sport would you play?
I have thought about this quite a bit. I would want to throw the javelin. I want to be outside and out of the cold, and I do not want to have to run too much.
What is the biggest perk of winning a gold medal and being on the cover of Sports Illustrated?
I got to play on stage with Pearl Jam, and I’m a huge Pearl Jam fan. I also got to throw the first pitch at Wrigley field, and I’m a huge Cubs fan. I also got to ride in an F-16 jet. I threw up three times, not joking.
Of those three experiences, which made you the most nervous?
Playing with Pearl Jam was the scariest. In everything I do with athletics, I am not staring back at the audience. On stage I was looking at them, and they were looking at me, which was pretty nerve-racking, but I think I held my own.
What is your favorite scene from the movie Cool Runnings?
There are quite a few. Now everyone always asks me if I have a lucky egg or practice in the bathtub.
If there was a movie made about the Night Train bobsled team, which actor would play you?
Hopefully somebody good looking. Maybe Bradley Cooper? Maybe that’s a stretch, not sure.
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