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January 21, 2014

OLYMPICS: Former Colonel selected for Olympic team

RICHMOND — Former Eastern Kentucky University sprinter Dallas Robinson will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as a member of the U.S. Bobsled Team.

Robinson wrapped up a decorated sprint career at EKU in the spring of 2005. The native of Crestwood won six individual Ohio Valley Conference titles (two in the indoor 60 meters, one in the indoor 200 meters, one in the outdoor 100 meters and two in the outdoor 200 meters), broke the EKU record in the indoor 200 meters (21.35) and was named the 2005 OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

In Sochi, Robinson will serve as a push athlete on driver Nick Cunningham’s USA-2 four-man sled.

The bobsled competition is set to begin on Feb. 16. The heats for the four-man events are scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.

Robinson tried to make the Summer Olympic team in 2008 in the 100-meter dash. The former Colonel posted some very impressive times, but after a back injury was not able to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trails.

Robinson was one of the push athletes on the fence for qualifying, but was informed of his selection on Sunday night.

The USA had not won a gold medal in the four-man bobsled event in 74 years until Steven Holcomb and his team ended that drought in Vancouver in 2010.

Robinson won’t be the only former track athletes to compete for the USA in bobsledding in Sochi. Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams were both selected for the women’s team.

The former Colonel first considered bobsledding in 2010 and the past few years has competed in events all around the globe, in such places as Austria, Germany, Russia, France and Switzerland.

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