Hails from huge Nordic combined hub, Steamboat Springs, Colorado ... Became the first American to win a Nordic combined Olympic medal for the United States ... Became first U.S. skier in any Nordic sport to become world champion when he won the sprint in 2003 ... Fly-fishing and bow-hunting fan ... A newlywed, with two English bulldogs at home.
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.