Former Olympian and member of the Team USA bobsled team Karlos Kirby is a West Des Moines native.
Kirby said he was recruited by many different schools for football but was always interested in bobsled and wanted to give it a try. Kirby said he went to Lake Placid in New York to try out for the team and then came home to train and it worked well for him.
Kirby said one thing many people don’t understand is the Olympic pressure. He added that for the athletes, there is absolutely nothing like being in the Olympics and knowing you are one of the best in the world at what you do.