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E-Week 2014: Keynote Speaker Curtis Tomasevicz

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Othmer 106


Nebraska Engineering welcomes Olympic medal-winning alumnus as E-Week 2014 speaker

Keynote Speaker Curt Tomasevicz winning gold in 2010 Olympics
Curtis Tomasevicz was on the US Olympic four-man bobsled teams that won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics. He grew up in Shelby, Nebraska (population: 700) and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering (with a minor in astrophysics) at UNL, where was a running back and linebacker for Husker Football. After competing in three Olympics (including 2006), Tomasevicz is one of only six American bobsledders in history to earn multiple Olympic medals.

Curtis Tomasevicz grew up in Shelby, Nebraska: a small town of nearly 700 people, a few miles south and west of Columbus. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Curt was a running back and linebacker for Husker Football, earning most of his playing time on special teams. During his senior year in 2003, he earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors. He completed bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, with a minor in astrophysics, from UNL.

Tomasevicz first saw a bobsled at his tryout for the US Olympic Team in September 2004. Fellow Husker track and field athlete and friend Amanda Moreley--now on the Canadian national bobsled team--had suggested he give it a try. He was instantly taken with the sport’s danger and thrills.

During his first season (2004-05), Tomasevicz competed on the World Cup circuit, consistently pushing on the USA II sled team. He made his Olympic debut in Torino in 2006, sliding to sixth place in four-man competition. The entire experience was a memorable one for Tomasevicz. He compared walking in the Opening Ceremony to the excitement of the tunnel walk at Memorial Stadium during his college football career.

During the next few years, the US bobsled program became 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 of 2014, Tomasevicz participated in his third Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. With a more competitive field, the Night Train 2 team of Tomasevicz, Holcomb, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt battled their way to a bronze medal, making Tomasevicz one of only six American bobsledders in history to earn multiple Olympic medals.

Tomasevicz's dad, Dennis, is a retired combine mechanic and his mom, Amy, is an art teacher. His younger brother, Jon, is a physical education teacher. When he's not busy training, Tomasevicz enjoys playing bass guitar, astronomy and reading.