Kentucky Guardsman competes in Olympics

Sgts Dallas Robinson and Nick Cunningham were partnered together to represent the U.S. Olympics men's bobsled team for this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (photo submitted)

Sgts Dallas Robinson and Nick Cunningham were partnered together to represent the U.S. Olympics men’s bobsled team for this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (photo submitted)

Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. Dallas Robinson, from Georgetown, Ky., represented the U.S. Olympic men’s bobsled team this year in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games that took place in Sochi, Russia.

“I’m extremely proud of Sgt. Robinson and his accomplishments over the last two weeks,” said Col. Mike Abell, Brigade Commander for  the 75th Troop Command. “The Olympics are rooted in military tradition and training, so it’s fitting that a Soldier – a Guardsman – helped to represent our nation.”

While Robinson didn’t medal this year in the Olympics, he was there at every event to cheer on his fellow teammates. Robinson was one of the first to congratulate 4-man team, Steven Holcomb, Steven Langton, Curtis Tomasevicz and Christopher Fogt on their Bronze place finish. (Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton also won a Bronze Medal in the 2-man Bobsled event this year).

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was also very impressed with Robinson’s success.

“Kentuckians shine on a national and international stage regularly, and for this Guardsman to represent us internationally at the Olympics is quite extraordinary,” said Beshear. “I congratulate Dallas on a job well done and know this is only the beginning for this fine young man.”

Robinson is a member of the 2123rd Transportation Company, based out of Richmond, Ky. and has been a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program for the last several years in preparation for this opportunity in Sochi.

Originally an Eastern Kentucky University track-star training for the Olympics, Robinson found his way into bobsledding by accident.

After an injury derailed his chances of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Robinson was then recruited by the USA Rugby team. After a shoulder injury ended that opportunity, he entered into the world of coaching track at Berea College.

One of the athletes that Robinson coached started competing in bobsledding and ended up inviting Robinson to come out and assist him. This is where Robinson’s bobsledding career began.

SGTs Rob Cunningham and Dallas Robinson compete in the 2-man bobsled event for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (photo submitted)

Sgts Rob Cunningham and Dallas Robinson compete in the 2-man bobsled event for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (photo submitted)

His first award was in 2011 when he won silver in the four-man race at the World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. From there, he’s placed in the World Cup 4 additional times and twice in the World Championships in Switzerland. Robinson knows the significance of his participation in the Winter Olympics.

In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, Robinson was quoted as saying, “I think about the positive relationship I have built with the Russian people and how much that could mean for future athletes in our sport. When I think about the legacy I want to leave the state of Kentucky and my family, I want that legacy to be one of pursuing your dreams, living life chasing God and loving like there is no tomorrow.”

See links for two great articles on Sgt. Robinson.

Courier-Journal Article

Herald-Tribune Article

 

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