2002 and 2006 Olympian ... Twice finished 4th at the World Championships in the 15km classical ... Considered the best distance skier on the U.S. men's team ... Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000 ... In Salt Lake, helped the 4x10km relay team to its best-ever Olympic finish ... Before focusing on cross-country skiing, tried ski jumping and Nordic combined for ten years ... Nicknamed "Bird."
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.