Carlo Valdes

Carlo Valdes

Olympian


USA Bobsled Team

Tustin, CA USA


If you’re not putting in the time and effort to get better each day, each year, you are just wasting your time and doing everyone a disservice by not becoming the best you can be...Put in the hard work day in and day out, and everything will take care of itself.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Born and raised in Newport Beach, California.
Has been passionate about sports ever since childhood—for most of his life, he was focused on playing football and doing track.
Received football scholarships to Arizona State University and Washington State University, but turned them down due to unfavorable coaching changes.
Attended UCLA and received a degree in history.
While at UCLA, he played football his first year, then switched over to track, where he started doing the decathlon and later the javelin throw.
After graduation, he was introduced to the sport of bobsled by a track teammate and was encouraged to try out for the U.S. men's bobsled team by his former coach, Mike Maynard.
Made the team and has gone on to win multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup.
Competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
History, General
University of California-Los Angeles

Career

Olympian

I am an American bobsledder who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Sports
Action Sports
Being Physically Active

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to know how to work on a team. Teamwork is everything in sports and that trust and support will take you far. Be self-motivated. If you are dependent on structure, then you are going to be left behind in the world of sports. Learn how to thrive under pressure. Leadership skills are also important and knowing how and when to make tough decisions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Bobsledding, just like any other sport, is highly dependent on experience. You have to put in the time. Find a network of people to support you in your journey and lean on the experience of your more senior teammates.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"What am I going to do? Track is almost over, I keep getting hurt throwing javelin...what's next?"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Physical Issues
Relocation