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.
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"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.