NORFOLK- USA Bobsled Athlete Nicole Brungardt, who is also a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School spoke to students Friday.
Brungardt who graduated from Norfolk Catholic in 2008, received notification in October that she had qualified for Team USA Bobsled.
During her years at Norfolk Catholic High School and then at Wayne State College, Brungardt made a name for herself on the track and the volleyball court. She won seven state championship track and field medals while at Norfolk Catholic, was an all-American in track and field at Wayne State and also was a member of the volleyball team for both schools.
On Friday, she shared her journey at her alma mater and offered students some advice. “Dream so big, so so big, because you will only get what you ask for. If you’re limited minded I truly believe that’s all you’ll get,” said Brungardt.
The newcomer to the sport credits her success from her foundation of going to Norfolk Catholic and the values instilled in her. She told students that she was once in their shoes, sitting in those same bleachers, and even with some of the same teachers. “I think the reason I am where I am is that everything I’ve done to this point, started where you guys are at. The one thing we have in common here at Norfolk Catholic High School is Jesus. That’s what has carried me through,” said Brungardt.
So what inspired Brungardt to transition to bobsledding? “I heard this story on a Christian radio station about Vonetta Flowers and how she went from track to bobsledding. Bobsled was my path because the strengths it requires to be successful in the sport is what I was best at in college”.
Each year you have to requalify for the national team, the 4th year if you make the national team then the Olympic team gets picked about a month or two before the game. Training consists of 5-6 days a week year-round. Team USA has two teams in the women’s bobsled at the Winter Olympics. Their first day of racing is February 20th.