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

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

Education

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

Career

Olympian

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

Career Roadmap

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

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?"

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was in college. My whole life had revolved around sports and with college coming to an end there was definitely an element of uncertainty. I also had friends and family around me trying to tell me what to do. At the end of the day, I realized that my athletic career didn't have to end, that there may be something more I could do. I took the opportunities given to me and followed that path.

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I started in bobsled kind of late. I didn't pick up the sport until after college, so I was at a disadvantage skill-wise. I had to learn a lot of new things and rely on my teammates to get me up to speed.

Physical Issues
Physical Issues

We can go upwards of 90mph in a bobsled on some tracks and after doing runs all day, it takes a toll on your body. You can get headaches, nausea, exhaustion, etc.

Relocation
Relocation

When I joined the USA National Team, I had to move to New York to go to the training center there. I put a lot of my life on hold in order to dedicate all of my time to training. I sacrificed relationships with friends, etc.

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