Join us below as we follow Shelby
native, Curtis Tomasevicz, while he competes in the 2006 Winter
Olympics. On this page we will post questions from the community and
his replies. Let's show our support, if you have any specific questions for Curt while he is
in Turin, or if you want to just show your support, contact Darla at the Village office, or email Andrea
CURT'S OLYMPIC EXPERIENCES:
Thank you to everyone in Shelby for the warm welcome Friday night. We had a
great time hanging out with the hometown crowd and sharing in the excitement
of Curt's Olympic debut. For stories The Independent has run about Curt
Tomasevicz, go to the following links.
- Gretchen Fowler, The Grand Island Independent
Saturday event to benefit bobsledder from Shelby
Shelby native on U.S. bobsled team
Tomasevicz in Torino
Excitement builds as competition nears for Shelby's hometown hero
Ready to compete
Shelby cheers on native son
Tomasevicz happy with his Olympic debut
here to see pictures from Friday night's celebration at the
A&B Lounge in Shelby.
It has been a lot fun watching Curt and his team mates make their run for the GOLD.
They were only .53 seconds from a Medal, but they did beat USA 1 ( Hayes). A 5th place finish for your 1st year is
THANK YOU all for watching praying and cheering the TOMASEVICZ from SHELBY.
From Mary Lerch:
This is the Lincoln link and you have to scroll down to the featured videos and click on
"Small Town Cheers for Olympic Hometown Hero". http://www.kolnkgin.com/
Here is an article also: http://theindependent.com/stories/022606/new_shelby26.shtml
And this article really shows what kind of kid he is:
Curt, we just wanted to tell you how proud everyone in California is of you, we have all been watching you and your teammates on TV,
Heidi and Alicia, as well as all of our families, friends and colleagues. Congratulations on your sixth place finish and finishing ahead of
USA sled 1. You all represented your families, states and country well. Thanks to the people of Shelby for providing this wonderful
venue for all of us to keep up on your experiences in the Olympics. It made it that much more special for all of us who can't be there in
Nebraska. You have a wonderful little town there, and should be very proud of them as well for their support. Your dad tells me it has
been very exciting and busy for him with all the interest the people of Nebraska have been showing in you since you left. We look
forward to having all of the Nebraska crew and you back safe and sound soon.
- Jerry, Heidi and Alicia.
We just discovered the Shelby website and enjoyed reading the questions and answers you gave in
your interview. My mother, Irene Dunning, has been keeping us informed about your wonderful
experience. We wanted to tell you we have shared your excitement with friends here in Denver, CO. where
we live and people in Denver have been excited about your accomplishment as well as your friends
in Shelby, NE. Congratulations. - Eldon and Janet Yeutter
Hi Curt! Dana in Texas here, and I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you and team 2!
I love watching the Olympics and to have some one to personally root for made it all the
more special! I hope you had a great time in Italy and I hope I can look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!
Take care! - Dana Sanderson Ghorashy
Words can not express how I feel
knowing that you came from Nebraska and you show such great
dedication. What an inspiration to the kids of Nebraska.
How proud your parents must be. Thanks for a job well done and
the best to you in the days to come. - Martha Fousek, Elba NE
Curt, I just wanted to say that
the entire town, probably the entire state, is so proud of your
performance at the Olympics. It was so exciting for us to see
do so well. Congratulations on going from 9th coming into the race
and moving up to 6th! And for doing better than the other USA sled -
those are both something to be commended. But on another note, I
just wanted to let you know I have had so much fun hearing from you
each day. You are definitely a Class A athlete! Your dedication to
the sport, as well as sharing your gift to others is something I
will never forget. The time you took to answer all the questions
from the grade schoolers and adults was priceless. We are definitely
lucky to have you a part of our community. Congratulations
again! - Andrea Schroeder
Curt, I am happy for you and your family as you competed for the U.S. these last several days. I recently was transferred to Lawrence, Nebraska (which is 30 miles south of
Hastings), and I asked the parishioners and students at Sacred Heart Church and School here in town to pray for you.
My previous parish was in Dwight, and I taught the last six years with your mom at Aquinas. Mrs. T, I want to hear all about your trip when you get home!
God Bless You! - Father Loras Grell, Lawrence, Neb.
Here is a link to see the actual runs Curt's team
performed at the Olympics. Once you go to the link, click on the camcorder icon that is on Curt's team.
You can view his heat Runs 1 & 2. This link will also show you the results, so if you don't want to know,
don't click on the link. Enjoy Jeff Schinzel Here's the link: www.nbcolympics.com/results/1500333/detail.html
Hey Curtis! The whole town turned out to view your competition last night. Probably the first time cowbells rang in the A&B. Very
exciting to watch. Hope all goes well today. We are all very proud of you and your teammates. Thanks for being such good role
models for our kids. - Steve, Vic, Aaron, Eric, Margo and Trevor Scow
WISHING THE VERY BEST TO CURT. MAKE SHELBY FAMOUS.
- TOMAS DRYDEN, 1942 GRADUATE SHELBY HIGH
We enjoyed our visit to Shelby today! Just wanted to pass along a link to a story we ran on NTV, based in Grand Island and Kearney:
Thanks! Steve White, NTV News - http://www.nebraska.tv
The Apprentice voting is tied as of this morning. The voting ends on the 26th—we’d hate to lose now. Pass it on.
If you haven't yet voted, Curt is requesting your vote for Todd Hays
at this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11277357/
Hey Curtis, Wishing you the best of luck today. We'll be watching and very proud of you. People in York have asked me if you're the best athlete
from Shelby. I tell them it's a tossup between you and my nephew Austin. Take it home!
- Bob, Gayle, Taylor, Conner, & Jackson Coffin
CURTIS, WE HAVE BEEN EXCITED SINCE YOU FIRST MADE THE TEAM AND HAVE FOLLOWED THE ACTIVITY ANXIOUSLY AWAITING
TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR YOU. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT EFFORTS THAT YOU HAVE PUT INTO TRAINING, ETC TO REPRESENT EACH OF US.
OUR SON, TYLER, PLAYED AGAINST YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL, FROM FULLERTON HIGH.
CONGRATS AND HAVE A GREAT TIME! - DAN AND CONNIE MAAS, TYLER AND RACHEL
Curtis, By now you have already run your first race. I'm not going to look on the internet to see the results, I'll wait to watch the bedsled race
on TV tonight. We are so very proud of you. Thank you for being such a great role model for everyone. We are pulling for you. Go for the
Gold. Congratulations and Best of Luck. - Arleen Heibel and family
Thursday Elaine and Amy went on a Tour of the City. There were 14 stops and a person could get off at any or all
of the stops. Another tour vehicle followed 1 hour later which you could board. There was a English speaking tour
agent to explain the city. They were most impressed with the "MOLE" the large Cathedral shown on most Pictures of
Torino. They also visited the Church where the "Shroud of Turin" is
kept. A copy of the Shroud is on display, but the original is open for display once every 20 years. This is NOT the
They continue to visit the BANK OF AMERICA U.S. HOME. The parents of many of the players visit and talk with the
visitors. While there Elaine had her picture taken with Emily Hughes (Figure Skating) Her sister took their picture,
but did not want to be in the picture as this "Emily's Olympics"
There are more Friends of Curt arriving in Italy. Phil & Wanda from Waco (Jordan's parents) Father
Koop, who was a Priest in Shelby all arrived today. Curt also has several other friends (girls and boys) here also. In other
words it is going to be a BIG NEBRASKA PARTY in Italy.
Dick & Dennis continue to work their fingers to the bone to support their deserving wives this trip.
- Dick T
Curtis- Best of luck to you and your team! Funny story-I work for Hy-Vee and
attended a meeting this week for the company and when the sign in sheet was
passed around I noticed the name Tomasevicz on it. To my surprise I was
sitting next to your cousin Mike! Of course immediately we began talking
about you and all of your accomplishments. He speaks very highly of you as
well as the rest of us in Nebraska. Keep up the good work and God Bless! -
Hey Curt (and the rest of the USA Olympic bobsled team- I´m sorry! I don´t know your names!!!)!!!!
All of us UNL students studying abroad here in Europe would like to wish you all the best of luck and Godspeed at the
Olympics! Unfortunately, although we are here in Europe, none of us were able to make it to the Olympics, but our support is
with you all the same! You are champions to us no matter what!
GO USA and GO BIG RED!!!!
--Krissy and the UNL group in Besancon, France
Hi Curt! I want to wish you the best of luck, savor this moment, this experience could not have happened to better person. You
will always have a special place in all of us. Keep your head up, your heart strong and your mind clear and you will accomplish
anything you want to do - you have proven this over and over! We are so proud of you!! Sara Davis & Ehren Tiedje
Curtis, Just wanted to wish you all the best and let you know how proud we
are to have someone from our area accomplish the things you have. You
truly are a terrific role model for all of us! Jaci Swantek and family
It’s getting close now – we wanted to say something motivational to help you win this weekend, but nothing came to mind. So we will
say if you do your best you will always be a winner. You are already a winner in our minds. We’ll be pulling for you tomorrow.
Break another record!! We Wish You the Best of Luck. - Chris & Kim Voss
Hey Curtis, just wanted to wish you good luck and go for the gold!
- Jarred & Katherine Adkins
Curtis, We are all excited with you and wish you well tomorrow. May God continue to protect you and help you do your best when you
compete. - Fr. John Rooney
Hey Curt. Just a note from the Columbus family members. Grandma Bernt, Lee, Maxine. Sue, Bryan, Kali, Deb, Rich. Stephanie and
Aaron want to wish you all the best of luck. We're thinking of you daily and were all watching and waiting for you Friday nite. Even
Grandma Bernt is excited about it, and sends your Mom daily clippings. Tell your Mom. John and Elaine we all say Hello. We even
seen your Mom on T.V. jumping up and down when the 2-man was on. Again BEST WISHES. GOOD LUCK . Were all rooting for you
and can't wait to see ya when ya get back. THE COLUMBUS GANG!!!!!!!!!
Curtis, We are so excited for you! Good luck and Be safe as you go for the gold! We went to Grand Island for Fire School last
weekend, and everyone that saw we were from Shelby asked us if we knew you. The whole state is excited and honored to have you
representing us in the Olympics! Best of luck! - Mark, Sheri (McMeekin), Austin, Tyler, Hunter,
& Preston Gillotte
Congratulations, Curtis T on another one of your many achievements! We
are so excited for you and can't wait to watch the race on Friday. Many
people have asked me how to pronounce your last name. When I tell them,
I have to tell them also, that learning how to spell it use to be an
extra point question on our art tests in high school. - Tim, Kathy, Josh, Kasey, Joe & Jake Hopwood
“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
-- Lou Holtz
Curtis, you have it all! Best of luck to you and your team! We will be watching and supporting
you! - John, Tricia (Davis), Peyton and Paxton Mohr
Elaine called : It was Noon our time and 6 PM in Torino. The weather is very overcast and foggy. A lot like Seattle
weather she says. The Bank Of America has a Hotel set up for American Tourists. They provide a place to rest watch some American
TV news. food phones and Computer terminals. They needed to register the first day and were given a Pass card
with their ID. The card is needed to enter. Security is very Good: They have numerous helicopters circling
overhead all day long. Elaine says that they all feel safe.
On Thursday they are taking a tour around Torino and the surrounding area. This is the BEST way to get the
history and sites of the area. Elaine says that is seems that the City was NOT READY for all the Tourists. It is hard
to get around as they do not have many signs to give directions. It is hard to communicate.
AMY AND ELAINE SAY THEY ARE HAVING A LOT OF FUN. The cost of callingfromTorino is 49 cents per minute on a
calling card. I sent along several cards for them to use. - Dick T.
Congratulations for your accomplishment in making the Olympic bobsled team. Good Luck and God Bless.
- Robin & Colleen Perry
hi curtis, just wanted to wish you good luck!!!
- joe & yvonne
If you did not get a chance to
watch Curt and his bobsled team on Jay Leno Monday night, see the
video clip here by going to Jay
Leno's site and selecting the video clip called "Tom Green
at the Olympics".
Curtis - Wishing you the very best on your Olympic adventure. You have certainly made everyone proud, but you have always done that ever
since I knew you.
My grandson who is 10 won first place in his gymnastics last week, so he told his dad, that he wants to go to the
Olympics someday too. You are such a roll model and will always continue to be one.
Saw you on Jay Leno land really enjoyed it. You look like you're ready to go for the GOLD!!!
- Wayne and Patty Davis.
Curt, These are questions from the 3rd grade class at Yutan, Nebraska.
We wish you good luck and we are cheering for you. - Sherry Loos and her
third grade class
Q: How long have you been training in the Bobsled?
A: I started bobsledding in September of 2004. I have the least experience of
any other guy on the team. I'm also the youngest.
Q: What does it feel like going down the Bobsled run?
A: Try to picture this...
You're going down the interstate in a car. Now there aren't any seatbelts or
airbags. There's no padding on the seat. Now remove the roof and windshield
of the car. Although it looks very smooth on TV, at high speeds, the ice is
very rough. Drop the car down a little bit so you're only sitting about
three inches off the ground. Now close your eyes because I'm not allowed to
look where we're going. And finally speed up about 15 mph becuase our top
speeds are up to 90 mph! And of course you have to go around sharp curves at
these high speeds which causes intense G-forces on your head and
back....Sound like fun?!
Q: What is the thing you enjoy most about being in the
A: Everything! The whole experience has been great. Everyday is something new.
I've met a few celebrities. I'm meeting all kinds of athletes from different
countries. I've seen some other competitions. But I'm looking forward to our
race the most!
Q: Did you know anyone on the team, before you made it?
A: No. When I flew up to Calgary the first time, I didn't know anyone at all. I
was a little nervous and scared because I didn't know what to expect. But
now, the guys on my team are some of my best friends.
Q: Does the Bobsled go over ramps?
A: There are no ramps built in any of the courses. We want the sled to stay on
all four runners all the time. However, sometimes when we come out of a
curve late, we will tip up on two side runners. That's when a lot of crashes
Q: Greetings from Osceola! We wish you and your team the best of luck. We were
wondering who's in charge of sharpening the runners on the sled and waxing it?
Also congrats on your appearance on Jay Leno (it must be nice to be on the bobsled team and
get all that free stuff--ha ha!!!). Have fun in Turin and bring home the gold!!! GO BIG RED, WHITE and BLUE!!!
- The LeSuer's--Larry, Karyee, Jared and Kyler
A: We have a team mechanic that works on the sled. He's in charge of making
sure the steering works properly and the sled is safe. We (the push athletes) are in charge of keeping the runners in order. We have to sand and
polish the runners almost daily and also in between runs. The runners aren't
really sharp like an ice skate. They are more rounded. Before a race we are
also in charge of waxing the sled.
Hey Curt, Greetings from Georgia-Kim, Casey and LeAnne. We enjoyed seeing you on Jay Leno last night! That Tom Green, looks like a wild and crazy guy. Kim's been trying to send you a care package of Grandama T's famous ROCK cookies. However, it was hard to pin
you down to get the package to you. Therefore, you will be recieving said package upon your return to Shelby. That is if Casey doesn't get to them first!
LeAnne is going on the morning announcements at her school, telling all about you and the Olympics. "Be There!"~LeAnne *thumbs up*
Best of luck Friday and Saturday. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Much Love, LeAnne, Casey, and Kim
Curt, I am so proud of you. I am ready to start on a red, white and blue teddy bear. Think I will need to make it bigger than the last
one? - Lynne Weinhold
We want to wish you and the team well. This is soo exciting, can't wait 'till Friday-we all will be cheering you guys on, in your "home
town" of Shelby. USA.....USA!!!! - Mark, Nancy, Steven and Macy
Q: Ethan K., a second
grader at Yutan Elementary School wants to know how many medals you
have won? Good Luck! - JoAnne Campbell
A: I've won some nice medals for being a part of the 2man national championship
team in 2004 and as part of the 4man national championship team in 2005. We
were also given some nice quilts as a prize. On the world cup circuit, I've
received some medals for placing in the top ten in a couple times with the
best finish being 4th in Igls, Austria last season.
Curt, My name is Jim Goulet and I work for Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus NE. I wanted to wish you and the entire bobsled
team good luck. I watched you play high school football as I have nephews who played for Brainard East Butler (Zitek brothers). Also,
one of my sons (PJ) took art classes from your mom when she taught at Columbus High a few
years ago. You have represented Nebraska and the USA well. - Jim
Hello, Curt. I'm Bill Brigham's sister and Brooke's and Brent's aunt and
have met you many times when I was visiting from Boston. Naturally, I'm
thrilled for you, for the bobsled team, for the U.S. and most of all, for
Shelby, Nebraska. Years ago when I was freshman dean at Dartmouth, I knew
Cammie Myler who was in the women's Olympic luge event, 1990 I think it was. She trained every weekend at Lake Placid, NY; I have an appreciation
for how hard you've been training and the discipline required for your
achievements. Fly like the wind this Friday and Saturday! The Gold is
within reach! With fondness and warm wishes - Diana Brigham
Beaudoin, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Our family would like to wish you the best of luck on your Olympic journey. Our girls have
just recently found out that they are living in the house that "Curtis Tomasevicz used to live in!!" and they think that is awesome!!! Justin wants to start offering tours!! Everyone here is so proud of you, and we can't wait to cheer on team USA on Friday.
Take care and good luck!! ~ Justin, Shelly, Taylor, Hailey, and Sydney Smith
Did you know that TORINO is the chocolate capitol of the WORLD. I knew there was a reason I liked Torino.
Amy and Elaine have met up with Curt several times. I don't know if you knew, but Curt stays in the Mountain Village with
the others, while Amy and Elaine stay in Turino. It is about 90 miles from Torino to the Bobsled site. They travel
by train as that is the main form of transportation. It takes a while to get your wishes across as Italian is spoken
and it is hard to find an English speaking person. - Dick T.
Hi Curt, this is Jane (Grossnicklaus) Straube from Blair, NE wishing you the
very best of luck in the 4-man bobsled event! We know that you will do
everyone in Shelby proud!!! This is so exciting to be watching the Olympics
and knowing that I babysat you when you were little and look at you now! We
have been watching every little thing on TV about you and the whole Olympics. God Bless and go for the Gold!
- Jane, Bill, Alyssa, Taylor & Andy
Q: We have been trying to figure out what "Roots" stands for on the apparel
we see the athletes in. Is there a story behind it? - Monte Seldon
A: Roots and Nike are our two primary clothing sponsors for the games. Roots
makes all our ceremony clothing. Team Holcomb has had an additional sponsorship from Adidas this past year. We're trying to work out a deal for
the competition. Speedo has offered us some nice speed suits to wear also. A
lot to choose from!
Hello Curt, Just saw the Jay Leno
show with you and the guys. That was pretty neat. You
looked like you were having fun. Hugs, and good luck to you and the
team. Will be watching. - Vivian, from Florida
Hi Curtis, This is Becky (Fusco) Trotter in Arcadia, NE. My family and I would like to wish you the best of luck in Torino. I have had a lot
of people ask me about you and they think it is just great what you are doing!! Also I wanted to tell you that my neighbor across the
street is also named Steve Holcomb. They call him "Hokey". So tell him good luck too!!
Congratulations once again and we will be rooting you on to a medal and a chance at that podium!!! Go USA!!!
- Becky (Fusco) Trotter
Be sure to watch for Curt tonight on Jay Leno! Tom Green the comic takes
him shopping in Turino. Should be a riot! Click
here for the press release.
Curt, everyone at Central Community College/Platte Campus is rooting for
you! - Carol
HI! My name is Dana Sanderson Ghorashy. I live in Houston, Texas BUT I was born and raised a Husker and my heart will always
belong to Nebraska. My family lives in Hastings and my daughter is a
junior at UNL. Just wanted to say GO Curtis and I sure will be rooting for you down here in Texas. No Aggies for me!!!!! :)
- Dana Sanderson
Hi Curtis, this is a message from your classmate, Sarah Jo. Congratulations on your success and hope you are enjoying your
experience. Everybody at Urology Surgery Center (where I now work) are rooting for you. Your hard work has paid off and
you deserve the gold!! Take care and have a safe trip home. - Sarah Jo
Curtis, My name is Sara Wolter and I work with your mom through the SCIP program at Aquinas. Once a month, I come up from Lincoln for
their meeting. It was so much fun to see her last Tuesday, just a couple of days before she left for Italy. She was very excited!!! I just
wanted you to know that my husband, Larry, and I are wishing the best for you and USA 2! While we are pretty avid Olympic fans,
your involvement and knowing your mom have gotten us even more interested this year. We listened to the interview you had on KFOR
radio and heard that they are re-broadcasting it today! Good luck!
- Sara L. Wolter
Hello Curtis, I wanted to let you know that I saw your mom on TV at the end of the 2-man race which was aired on Saturday night. I called to the
A&B to see if anyone else had seen her (just in case I was seeing things) and they were all excited because they did also. Did she
know she was on world wide television? - Mary Lerch
Congratulations Curtis (and all of Shelby). I am Douglas Sahli your 3rd & 4th grade PE teacher. What a thrill to see an oddly familiar
name on the Olympics roster!! Good luck.
I am your uncle Tony and Aunt Lynne's sister-in-law Vivian from Florida. Just
sending you this to wish you the very best. I've been watching the Olympics,
unfortunately missed some of it, but will be looking to see you. Again,
hon, wishing you the very best of luck. Also will be looking for you on the Leno show
Monday night. - Uncle Tony
Q: Curt, Everyone at Aquinas is cheering you on to gold! Will you have any opportunity to spend time with your
mom, Jon, and the others who have come there to see you race? - Jean Brown,
Aquinas Catholic Schools, David City, NE
A: I was able to meet my family for about fifteen minutes during a break in
the 2man race. I'm not certain that I'll get much more time to see them.
It's pretty tough trying to coordinate schedules with my training and such.
Just a note to tell you that I have been on Federal Jury Duty all week in Lincoln. I have been telling all the fellow jurors about you. They are from
all over the state, and they are now spreading the word as well to watch you. I know you don't remember, but I was your first baby sitter when
your mom went back to work after having you. That is my claim to fame!! We are so proud of you. Be careful and GOD bless!!
- Peg & Jerry Vrbka
Q: Curt, We were thrilled to see you twice in the opening ceremonies!! You had a great view of the performers, up close and personal.
My niece in California said NBC interviewed you at the Shroud of Turin. Are you learning any Italian and have you tried gelato?
Ciao! - Steve and Vic
A: Sadly, the only Italian I've really learned is the bare basic words to
get by. I've gotten really good at hand signals and gestures to communicate!
Most people here know at least a tiny bit of English which helps a lot.
We all wish you the very best, as you have probably heard many
times, but it is a real honor having someone from your home town participate in an event like the Olympics.
As you may have heard many residents in Shelby are gathering together next Friday evening to watch
your event and wishing the best for you and your fellow teammates. No matter how the event ends you have put Shelby on the map and made everyone in Shelby very proud of your accomplishments.
Good luck to you and your teammates! - Dennis & Janelle Carlson
I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer the questions from the elementary students that have written in. Your
selflessness with your time and your willingness to share your experience with everyone is so great, especially when you are in the
middle of pursuing a dream most of us can only imagine. Words cannot express our gratitude and our pride we have for you. Good
luck and have a safe ride!
And another thing, my cool factor has gone way up with my kids now that I can say I used to baby-sit an Olympian! - Tom
& Becky (Shanahan) Edwards, Jill, Kelsey & Jack (Yutan, NE)
Curtis - We just returned from a trip to California and we want to let you know that the entire country is proud of you. We talked to
everyone we could when we were out there, they are amazed that such a small town in Nebraska could have this much excitement ...
they will all we watching. Al & Mary L.
Pass the word... Monday night 02/20/06, Curtis will be one of the
guests on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno!! It should be very funny!
Q: What does it feel like to be on TV?
A: I get nervous sometimes during interviews. I don't think about it all when
I'm competing on TV.
Q: How does it feel to be in the Olympics?
A: It's been one of the most exciting times of my life. I'm loving every
Q: Is it sunny at all?
A: Today was the first day it snowed here. Every other day has been very sunny.
Q: Are your bobsled teammates good friends?
A: Yeah, we all get along great. Steve Holcomb, my driver, and I have been
roommates for the past two years.
Q: Do you need a lot of practice?
A: We lift weights and do sprints about every day. We take practice runs during
the week too, usually two a day for three days a week.
Q: Can you go 100 miles per hour?
A: The fastest a bobsled has ever gone has been 145.3 km/h. I've been in a sled
where we went 145.1 km/h. That's just over 90 mph.
Q: Do you like the other US bobsled team?
A: All the American sleds get along great. We compete against them, but we're
Q: What would you do if you and your team won?
A: I really don't know. I know that I'd have trouble sleeping for a long time,
I'd be so excited!
Q: What do you eat?
A: We pay close attention to what we eat. We eat a lot of protien (eggs, beef,
chicken, fish, etc) and we drink a lot of liquids such as water, gatorade,
fruit juice. We also try to eat an adequate amount of carbohydrates (pasta,
potatoes, breads, etc) to coincide with the workout that we did that day.
Q: Have you ever won a medal before?
A: My team won the national championships this past year in 4-man and we got
2nd in 2-man. Last year we won the 2-man competition. The best finish I've been a part of in world cup bobsledding was a fourth
place finish in Austria. This year we've been in the top ten in every race,
but I've never won a world cup race.
Be safe when it is your turn. Try your best in the bobsled race! Win for the USA! Go 100 mph down the mountain. I hope you win.
Good luck, and go for the gold! Go Curt go!
The Cross County Elementary 1st grade classes:
Alex, Megan, Jacob, April, Danny, Taylor, Heidi, Devin, Jordan, Colton,
and Jill Eller-classroom teacher, Amy Slama, SLP
Tanner, Brooklyn, Treyton, Christian, Hayden, Kassidy, Jessi, Katie, Keegan, Matthew, Elizabeth, Cherokee, Hunter,
and Cindy Kutschkau-classroom teacher, Amy Slama, SLP
Hi! We're the 2nd graders from Yutan Elementary and we have some questions
Q: Are you the driver of the bobsled? -Derek
A: I sit in the second spot, right behind the driver.
Q: Is it fun to be a bobsledder? -Ben
A: It's very fun because it's fast, competitive, something different, and it's given me the
opportunity to travel all over the world.
Q: How big is the bobsled course? - Jessica
A: The course in Turino is about 1,430 meters long.
Curt - What a surreal experience you must be having. The entire State of Nebraska is very proud of you for not only representing our
wonderful Cornhusker State, but also our great country. Hold your head high, keep a smile on your face and have fun! Hey, by the
way, we put our vote in for Todd Hays for The Apprentice, but would have much rather voted
for you! Also, thanks again for letting us visit you and see part of your world while your were at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego. It was incredible!
Take care and have a blast,
- Ryan & Nicki Glatter
Q: Who is in the picture with you and Mrs. Bush?
- M. Seldon
A: Randy Jones and Lorenzo Smith are the athletes. Hershel Walker is in the
Picture of Curt & teammates with Laura Bush. Click on picture to enlarge.
Q: Curt, Will you be competing in the 2-man bobsledding? And also, have you ever thought of skeleton or luge? Francis and I have been
following your progress. You've made Nebraska proud. What a role model you are for all who dream. Best of
Luck! - Francis and Joyce Kohout, Cambridge, NE
A: I probably won't be racing in the 2-man event. I'm the alternate for Steve
Holcomb's sled should Bill Schueffenhauer be unable to compete. I will be
practicing for Steve on Friday. The practice runs will be televised on USA I
Skeleton, although it looks more dangerous is actually safer than bobsled.
They don't reach the speeds that bobsled do. And should a skeleton athlete
crash, they just kind of roll over. Bobsled crashes are much more violent.
Also skeleton sleds are much easier to drive than bobsleds. Luge is a little different. Their sleds are on a sharper runner, almost like
a blade. They have a lot (almost too much) control of the sleds. They are
able to steer with much more precision than a bobsled. However, should they
lose control, the blade-like runners can take them in any direction. So
their crashes can be pretty ugly at times. I can't say that I have a real desire to do either one. I obviously prefer
bobsled and of the sliding sports, it's kind of looked at as the top-dog.
Hi Curt, My name is Mike Salas. I work with Gail Garon at Hillside Middle School in California. She told me about you and the surprise that
someone from Nebraska could end up on our Olympic Bobsledding team. I just wanted to let you know that my grandson lives in Fort
Riley, Kansas. His dad is in the military and is home from Iraq. I told them about you and
they will be watching for you in the Olympics. While visiting my grandson, Peyton, this past
Christmas we had a chance to play in the snow. Snow in Kansas? All he
wanted for Christmas was a snowboard...who knows, maybe one day we'll be watching a kid from Fort
Riley, Kansas in the Winter Olympics!!! Good luck to you and your teammates!
Hi – we are 3rd and 4th grade students from Cross County Elementary in
Stromsburg. We have some questions for Curt:
Q: Have you
ever flipped your bobsled over and been hurt?
A: I've been in two crashes. Neither of them were very serious. They were in
Lake Placid, NY and in Altenberg, Germany. In the second crash I came out of
the sled while we were sliding upside down and I bruised my shoulder. But I
was OK a couple days later.
Q: Are you nervous about
racing in the Olympics?
A: I'm not too nervous (yet). We've
been training for this race just like we have been for every other race. I'm sure that I'll get a little more anxious when the race
Q: Who is on your team?
A: Steve Holcomb is my driver. I sit in the second spot. Bill Schueffenhauer
from Utah sits third. And Lorenzo Smith from Illinois rides as the brakeman.
Thank you, and Go for the gold,
Curt! Happy Valentine’s Day!
- Anastasia, Jacob, Zach, and Amy Slama
Hey, there is a little contest going on with some of the US athletes. If you
could spread the word about the site below and have everyone vote for Todd Hays.
I'd appreciate it. We're all campaigning for our sport and I told the team
that I'd have the entire state voting for Todd by the end of the week!
Thanks and spread the word, - Curt
Greetings from Shelby. Congratulations and best wishes for a great RIDE. Enjoy all the surroundings, make new friends and have the
time of your life. What an experience you must be having. Best wishes!
- John & Janet O'Brien.
Congratulations Curt! From
Shelby Public Schools! Click here.
Q: I was wondering what they have you doing when you are not competing. Are you on a strict training schedule,
or do you get some down time? Have you met any of the other US athletes from
other sports? - A. Schroeder
Q: Do you have free time while in Italy to enjoy the sights and country and of course, the art? Your mother, Amy,
was such an inspiration to me in the field of art, and I hope you will get to enjoy some free time over there to take it all in. I know
your reason for being there is work, but we hope you have time to enjoy things also.
- Sadie Thelen
A: We have a pretty full schedule. When we're not training or competing, we
have media things to do. We get a lot of therapy and treatment for chiropractors and massage therapists. Of course we spend a lot of time
eating and getting the proper nutrients in our meals. I did get a chance to
see the downhill race yesterday. It was a lot of fun. I'm hoping to see some
more events before we begin our races.
I've met a number of athletes from other US sports. Before the opening
ceremonies everyone went around and kind of introduced themselves to others.
I met Jeremy Bloom, who used to play football for Colorado during the same
time that I played for NU. I was able to meet Bode Miller, Michelle Kwan,
and a number of the women's hockey team just to name a few.
Questions & Comments for Curt...
Q: My name is Jeff Schinzel. I am Curt's 1st cousin and Amy is my Aunt. I have worked at
four Olympics. I live in Atlanta and it was my first in 1996. I then
went to Nagano, Japan for 6 months in 1998. On to Sydney, Australia for 7 months in 2000, and finally
Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002. I wasn't an athlete, I helped to connect all the
camera feeds from every venue which is usually around 400 and supply those feeds to all the countries for
television viewing. Was wondering if Curt will be going to the IBC (International Broadcast Center) which is where I was
working for a tour or interviews? - J. Schinzel
A: Jeff's been to more
Olympics than anyone I've met here! We went there for our initial press conference just before the games started. I don't have any
more interviews planned there right now since it is in Torino and we're in
Sestriere which is about 90km away. Most of my interviews are done at the
Q: Do you have a mailing address for Curt? My 5 year old colored a picture for him and would like to mail it. I know he won’t receive it until
he gets home and that is o.k. - E. Kueny
A: Mail is extremely slow here. I wouldn't get any mail sent from home by the
time I left. It would be best to send it to my Shelby address.
Hi Curtis. Just a quick note of congratulations to you. . . this is so exciting for everyone here! Way to go, and thanks so much for
taking time out of your day for us. - Leslie Kuhnel
We are praying for
you and we are so proud of you. We are proud not only of
your Olympic experience but of the great role model and man that you
Best Wishes Curtis! - Andy, Annette, Aric, Aron &
Q: What was the
opening ceremonies like?
A: In my mind I had
built up the opening ceremonies to be the biggest event on the
planet. The veteran athletes repeatedly told me about the incredible
feeling that overcomes you as you walk through the tunnel and onto
the stage with the rest the athletes from your country. I
continually tried to imagine how many people were watching both in
the stands in back home in the U.S. I wondered how different could
it really be from the Husker Tunnel Walk. Even with all that
anticipation and hype, I was overwhelmed. It’s difficult to put
into words. Only a couple hours have passed since the ceremony and
it was such a rush that I’m having trouble remembering it all
The greatest part was obviously
walking out when the announcer introduced the United States of
America. What a feeling! I just tried to soak it all in as I waved
to everyone in the crowd and the cameras. I wouldn’t have been
able to take the smile off my face for a million dollars. My cheeks
hurt by the end of the night. The ‘olympic spirit’ was truly
present. The entire crowd, regardless of nationality, language, or
religion cheered for every other country.
for me included some of the acrobats, Peter Gabriel (rock and roll
artist), Yoko Ono (John Lennon’s widow), and even Pavarotti
(famous tenor opera singer). Before we walked into the stadium I had
the opportunity to meet and have my picture taken with Laura Bush,
Hershel Walker, Kerry Walsh, and Melissa Stark. That’s quite the
variety of celebrities. One of the greatest things about the
ceremony was that I was able to share those moments with my
teammates. It’s definitely a night that I’ll never forget.