This page will delve into the details of the athletic career of John Kasper. As a bobsled champion, John possessed a unique combination of strength and speed, coupled with superior athleticism to win over 16 World Cup and World Championship medals. He participated in the 1998 Winter Olympics for Team USA.
It almost seems ridiculous to a common individual that an athlete should train everyday just to compete in the Olympic Games which only comes around every four years; yet what the individual may also not understand is that training, exercising, and dieting are all achievements on their own, especially if one wants to be in the best shape of his or her life.
Regardless of the sport one plays, there’s plenty of evidence and literature around to support its physical, mental, and emotional benefits. For athletes however, there’s more to sports than reaping such benefits. To them, sports is a way of life—a lifestyle that espouses hard work, determination, and excellence.
Training for the Olympics John Kasper for Bobsled
When it comes to bobsledding, the sport is actually more physical than it appears to be. It may seem like there’s not a lot of athleticism going on when racers slide past each other. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as bobsledding is a unique sport that requires rare natural talent.
To begin with, bobsledding requires immense power. At the beginning of the race, an athlete has to explode at his or her fullest power, pushing the sled to get it to move past 90 miles/hour. That’s around 500 pounds of steel that can easily tire the average person out.
At the same time, bobsledding requires speed. Athletes have to sprint in the beginning and get a head start against their competition. This makes bobsledding a unique sport; a hybrid of sorts because of its power and speed requirements.
These two qualities are exactly what helped John Kasper. The bobsled champion was a star football player when he was in high school and college. Not surprisingly, he was also a star track athlete, having competed in the National 400M dash for Iowa University. Given his superior performance at both sports, bobsledding was a natural fit for the Iowa native.
Make no mistake however, apart from power and speed, bobsled athletes must also be lean, so as not to slow down the sled. This means having a huge upper body will only prove to be disadvantageous against the wind and the resistance being created. All in all, bobsledding stacks a tall order from athletes—speed, power, flexibility, all of which are packaged in a lean frame.
John Kasper, Bobsled Olympian
From lifting and sprinting, to squats and lunges, John did them all and in a fashion that won him a spot in Team USA for the 1998 Winter Olympics. He made the team in 1995 and stayed for four years. He hoped to compete again at the 2002 Winter Olympics but had to retire due to his knee injury.
To learn more about John Kasper’s experiences as an Olympian, stay tuned to this page.