Sgt. 1st Class Nate Weber took an unconventional path to becoming an Olympic bobsledder. Instead of training in a gym, he prepared for competition while deployed in Niger, Cameroon and Afghanistan.
Becoming an Olympian seemed like a long shot but Weber had to take it.
“Being in the military was the reason I was able to make it to the Olympics. I wouldn’t have done it without that,” Weber said.
It was on deployments in Niger, Cameroon and Afghanistan where he would serve as a Special Forces medic, then he would train to earn his spot on Team USA.
As the “Today” show reported, Weber trained for bobsled by pulling military vehicles, pulling large bricks and sprinting down dusty roads while overseas.
“The work ethic and the skills you pick up being a Green Beret, doing stuff like that, it really applies to Olympic sport,” Weber said.