Meet Chris Fogt, the US Army Officer Chasing Olympic Bobsleigh Gold | Day Jobs

Meet Chris Fogt, the US Army Officer Chasing Olympic Bobsleigh Gold | Day Jobs

(CHRIS FOGT) (BOBSLEIGH USA / ARMY CAPTAIN) I am not a very talented
individual, I’m not very smart, but one thing I’ve learnt
since I was a kid is just, if you put the time in
and you are consistent, you will be successful. I don’t think you ever
go into a competition, a fight, a battle,
a war expecting to do well. You want to win. My name is Christopher Fogt, I am an officer
in the United States Army and a bronze medallist
in the four-man bobsled event in the 2014 Olympic Games. (FORT HOOD, USA) So, I grew up a lot
playing baseball, basketball, but probably the best sport
I played was track and field. I was running track in 2007
at Utah Valley University and I had two men approached me in black USA Team jackets
and say, “Hey, have you ever tried
bobsledding before?” I trained real hard and made
the team that very first year. Let’s do it, come on. In the army, we start our days
very, very early, between 5:30am and 6:30am. Across the entire world,
almost every army unit is doing physical training and it helps to set
the tone for the day. Keep the pace up,
keep pushing yourselves, get that log all the way up,
there you go. As Company Commander, I’m in charge of 100 soldiers. Three, two, one. I have to plan all
their training, to prepare these guys for war. Company, let’s get to work. Captain Fogt
is quite the role model because it takes a lot
to run a company and he brings that
every single day just as he brings the style
and mentality that he has when he’s training
to be an Olympic athlete. Captain Fogt has a very strong
dedication to his country. I’ve learned some pretty good
leadership styles from him like how to lead soldiers,
how to treat people, how to respect others, even if
they are below me in rank, you still have to give them
respect, no matter what. The first time I went down
a bobsled run was a pretty terrifying
experience, to be honest. After about three
or four curves, we were going about 50mph. Started to feel the G-forces
and I was like, “I need to get out
of this thing now.” “This sport is not for me.”
That was terrifying. At that point, I had jumped out
of planes before with the United States Army,
so I do like adrenaline, I do like doing things
like that. So, I was like, “I’m getting
back in to try this.” And I am very glad that I did. (VANCOUVER 2010) Going to the Olympic Games
for my very first time was a very out-of-body type
of experience. The track in Vancouver is the fastest track
in the entire world. You hit speeds in a four-man
of about 96mph. And there is one curve
called the “50-50 Curve”. It’s called that for a reason. Came through, felt pretty good. We came off the curve,
I thought we were good, then all a sudden… ..we’re on our head,
going about 92, 93mph. At that point in my life, I’d never felt
such disappointment. I felt like I had just let
that many people down. My whole family is there
watching me, my buddies at school
are watching, I had friends over in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Korea watching me race,
very excited to say, “That’s my friend,
I used to train with him, “I used to run track with him, “I went to high school
with him.” And to feel like I had let
down all those people and my poor mom, having to
watch me come down that curve on my head about 90mph,
worried sick. As a kid, you dream
of being a world champion, you dream of winning
a gold medal, you dream of making
professional sports and I had a shot. The Olympic Games
being every four years, I didn’t know if I’d have
another chance, so I was like,
“I just blew my one shot “to win an Olympic medal.” People ask me all the time how, when I’m doing the army
full time in central Texas… I can train for a sport
where you’re on ice. In the sport of bobsled, we’re
trying to push a 500-lb object from zero to as fast as we can
for five to eight seconds. So, when we start, we have all
four of us across the line in a crouch position. So, I can do that with
the Prowler. Back sit, front sit, ready,
and all four of us hit the bar
at the exact same time to break the inertia
of the object to push as fast as we can for those five to eight
seconds. What’s more important for me
is to develop a strength in the weight room,
keep myself trained up for the sport of bobsledding. (SOCHI 2014) For me to win the bronze medal came down to the last run
of the Olympics. We came into day number two
actually in fourth place. We’re at the top, we huddle. We want to win this medal,
we have to go and earn it. We power out the block,
and we get in, the whole time,
I’m on pins and needles, waiting to feel every curve
if we hit a wall. But lucky at the bottom
every curve felt great, I think
there might be a chance. We come down that last curve,
we cross the line. We pop up all four us trying
to move, I’m trying to stop the sled, we’re bouncing and we see
our coaches losing it. They’re jumping up and down… ..and at that point, you knew you’d won
a bronze medal – holy cow. The excitement and happiness, cos you train so hard
with your team-mates, you work so hard for it. I think, especially for me,
having the failure in 2010, at that point, I didn’t care
if it was bronze, silver, gold, purple – as long as it was
an Olympic medal, I was extremely happy
to have proven to myself, and to my family
and my friends, that I was capable
of doing that. Of all the titles that I have as a Commander in
the United States Army, as an athlete, as an Olympian, the most important one
that I respect the most and I try the hardest at
is being a father. How you doing today? You all right? Being at work,
I leave the house at 5 o’clock in the morning, I don’t go home
for breakfast or lunch. So I’m at work all day and I get home about 18:00
every single night. My son goes to bed about 19:30
so I see him for about an hour-and-a-half,
two hours a day, and at work, that is what
I look forward to the most. Sometimes it’s definitely
challenging – like, he always stays
late hours, he’s always the last one
to leave and same in the gym, he’s like, “I took my lunch break
at the gym today”, cos that’s how he’ll fit it in. Let’s go get it. Run. But he really makes sure that the time that he gives us
is quality time. So, we never feel like
last priority or anything. – Snail!
– Oh, it’s a snail. You want to go show Mommy? My favourite part of being
a Commander is being able to reward
soldiers that did something great at the National Training
Centre a few months ago. So it’s a great honour
to be able to do this. Coming up to 2018, my job takes
up 12 to 13 hours a day. I think my experience
will help me out a lot. The mental toughness,
the support system that I have within my family,
within the army. All right, everyone give this
soldier a round of applause. We have great coaches, the US Olympic Committee
has done a great job supporting the bobsled team. And there is no doubt
in my mind that we can win a gold medal
in Korea. DAY JOBS

22 Replies to “Meet Chris Fogt, the US Army Officer Chasing Olympic Bobsleigh Gold | Day Jobs”

  1. Ayee this is my family, my second cousin! I'm proud of him, only if we didn't live so far apart it'd be nice to finally meet him in person. But maybe one day, let's hope he gets the gold!!!

  2. North and south Korea are NOT at war! North Korea and U.S are at war!
    If the U.S can't stand North Korean's nuclear weapons, then the U.S. can abandon their's first.
    Nuclear weapons can destroy earth. No country should have it at all.
    Both North and South Korea want peace!
    U.S needs to negotiate a PEACE treaty with North Korea!
    An alliance can help that much, if not, Why is worth it?

  3. idk why but i always assumed athletes were just athletes and though they go on to do better things like charities/inspirational speakers… i've always held athletes on a pedestal, but after watching this series a little bit it feels like if I put my mind to it, I can also do anything


  5. I refuse to watch one minute of this Olympic farce. South Koreans are torturing and massacring millions of dogs while this circus is going on

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