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Tomasevicz at the Olympics
Curt Tomasevicz takes in the sites and sounds of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Photo courtesy tomaseviczbobsled.com.

Olympic gold medalist to highlight Old Settlers

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/16/10

Most Nebraska kids dream of growing up and someday playing for the Husker football team. Every couple of years or so, they may dream of standing on a podium with an Olyimpic gold medal around their neck as the Star Spangled Banners plays.

Curt Tomasevicz got to do both.

Tomasevicz’s bobsledding career has taken him from Nebraska to Italy to Canada and back again.

In a week and a half, it will bring him to North Bend.

More:
• Visit Tomasevicz's website
• See the entire 2010 Old Settlers schedule

The Olympic gold medalist and former Husker will regale folks with tales from ice tracks around the world in the city park on Old Settlers Sunday.

Tomasevicz, 29, was born and raised in Shelby, Nebraska, a town of just under 700 people south of Columbus.

After graduating as valedictorian from Shelby High School in 1999, where he played football for former NBC teacher and coach Kevin Lyons, he went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and walked on to the Husker football team.

Initially a fullback, Tomasevicz finished his career as a linebacker and special teams player, seeing playing time in 10 games during his senior season in 2003. While in Lincoln he was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic honor roll for eight consecutive semesters. In 2003 he was named first-team Academic All-Big 12. (For the younger readers out there, the Big 12 was an athletic conference Nebraska used to belong to).

Shortly after finishing his football playing days, Tomasevicz took on a new challenge in 2004: bobsledding. He quickly rose through the ranks of the sport and made the U.S. Olympic team for the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. He was a member of the United States four-man bobsled team, but did not reach the medal stand.
In 2007, he won his first World Cup gold medal with driver Steve Holcomb in Cesana, Italy.

Tomasevicz’s four-man bobsled crew, affectionately nicknamed “Team Night Train” after the black bobsled they ride, won the 2009 world championship in Lake Placid, New York. He also picked up a bronze medal in the two-man bobsled.

All of that experience was building toward the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver this past February, where Team Night Train would try to win the first American gold medal in the bobsled in 62 years.

The Night Train came through, and Tomasevicz had his Olympic gold medal. He also took sixth place in the two-man sled event.

Tomasevicz also umpires baseball in the summer, including a few stops in North Bend, and refs high school football in the fall.

The Olympian and former Husker will be giving his presentation at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 in the city park.

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