Won the distance-skiing World Cup crystal globe during the 2008-09
cross-country skiing season ... Skied on Italy's Olympic 4x10km relay
teams in 2002 and 2006, the latter which won the gold ... Chopped off
his own left index finger in a wood-chopping accident, later celebrated
a medal by wearing a foam finger.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.