Ex-EKU sprinter took long, fitful journey to bobsledding in Sochi

Dallas Robinson was the OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2005.
Dallas Robinson was the OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2005.

Former Eastern Kentucky University sprinter Dallas Robinson was selected to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. Bobsled Team.

Robinson, a Crestwood native who was the Ohio Valley Conference's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2005, didn't consider competing in bobsledding until 2010 while he was a track coach at Berea College. He didn't initially jump at the opportunity to try the sport.

"I don't like heights, cold weather, travelling ... and I just can't," Robinson said.

However, he soon had a change of heart.

"I remembered telling my kids that I coach — over and over — that if they ever needed anything aside from track training to just let me know and I would do anything I could to help them," Robinson said. "Looking at that opportunity, I thought, 'How better else to show my student-athletes I mean what I say and I love them than to make this leap of faith?'"

So, Robinson went to Park City and "as expected, I didn't like any of it," he said. "But, somehow — four years later — I am a week away from heading to Sochi, Russia. ..."

The same size — 6-4, 230 pounds — that worked against Robinson on the track has helped him as bobsled athlete. In Sochi, he'll serve as a push athlete on driver Nick Cunningham's USA-2 four-man sled.