Meet our 2017 Bryan Bariatric Advantage Reunion Speaker Curt Tomasevicz
Curt Tomasevicz grew up in Shelby, Neb., a small town of nearly 700 people located a few miles southwest of Columbus. While attending the University of Nebraska, Curt played running back and linebacker, earning most of his playing time on special teams. During his senior year in 2003, he earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors. Curt holds a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering with a minor in astrophysics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
When asked about bobsledding Curt laughs, saying that he never saw a bobsled in real life until his tryout in September 2004. He wasn't exactly convinced that it was a legitimate, professional sport, either. Fellow Cornhusker hammer thrower and friend, Amanda Moreley, now a push athlete and brakeman on the Canadian national bobsled team, suggested he give it a try. Curt was instantly taken with the danger and thrill the sport provided.
Breaking the Ice
During his first season (2004-2005), Tomasevicz landed on the World Cup circuit, consistently pushing on the USA II sled. He made his Olympic debut in Torino, Italy, in 2006, sliding to sixth place in the four-man competition. The entire experience was a memorable one for Tomasevicz. He compared walking in the Opening Ceremony to the excitement of going through the tunnel at Memorial Stadium during his college football years. During the next few years, the U.S. bobsled program began to become an international force, winning numerous World Cup and World Championship medals. But his biggest achievement came in February at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, when he, Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen, and Steve Mesler raced the "Night Train" to the first American four-man Olympic title in 62 years. In February 2014, Curt participated in his third Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. With a more competitive field, the Night Train 2 team of Curt, Holcomb, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt battled their way to a bronze medal, making Curt one of only six American bobsledders in history to earn multiple Olympic medals.
Family and Leisure
Tomasevicz's dad, Dennis, is a retired combine mechanic, while mom, Amy, is an art teacher. He has a younger brother, Jon, who is a physical education teacher. When he's not busy training, Tomasevicz enjoys playing bass guitar, astronomy, and reading.