Became first U.S. Nordic combined Olympic champion ... Named U.S. Closing Ceremony flagbearer on same night as gold medal ... Proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes) on the same day as being named flagbearer and winning gold ... Born in the host city of the 1980 Winter Games, but missed the Miracle On Ice by just over one month ... Suffered a fractured skull in a 2002 diving accident ... Became third U.S. Nordic combined world champion, in 2009, only two days after being the head figure in "Bibgate" ... A cycling fanatic who won the U.S. team time trial on a classic Tour de France stage.
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.