Olympic Gold Medal Bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz (pictured right) will visit the Pfeiffer University campus on Sunday, Aug. 22. Best known for the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal win in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year as part of a four-man team, Tomasevicz will share â€œFinding Your Personal Success,â€ the story of his own success, his faith, goal-setting and how to achieve desired goals.
A native of Shelby, Nebraska, the gold medalist made an appearance in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, only two years after his 2004 debut as a bobsledder. Tomasevicz placed sixth in four-man in Torino, Italy, with driver Steven Holcomb. He has won the U.S. National Push Championships the past three seasons. He won his first World Cup gold medal with driver Steve Holcomb in Italy in 2007. He began his first attempts at driving in the U.S. Team Trials in October 2007 and competed in a few America's Cup races earning a bronze in Calgary in 2008. He and Holcomb also took silver at the Whistler World Cup in February 2009.
As part of the â€œNight Trainâ€ squad, Curt won the four-man World Championships in Lake Placid in 2009. He also took the bronze medal in a two-man team in the same World Championships. His greatest bobsledding accomplishment came in February 2010 when his team won the Olympic Gold Medal in the four-man bobsled race. It was the first time the U.S. had captured the gold medal for bobsledding in 62 years. Tomasevicz also took sixth place in the two-man event during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Well before his Olympic debut, Tomasevicz played football for the University of Nebraska. He was only one of three hopefuls out of a group of 120 candidates added to the lineup that year. During his senior year in 2003, he earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors. Tomasevicz holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.