He went from being a star on the baseball diamond to qualifying for Team USA's bobsled team in the matter of years.
Chase Blueberg, a 2014 Carson High School graduate, spent his childhood on the baseball and football fields. Blueberg took his talents to the next level, playing college baseball at several schools. The right-handed pitcher would go on to get drafted by the Atlanta Braves but opted to go back to college for his season year in hopes of upping his draft stock. Everything was going smoothly until a torn labrum in his shoulder would derail his career.
Blueberg wondered if he spent all these years training for nothing. It wasn't until a conversation with his best friend that he realized his calling might in an Olympic sport.
Right after graduation, Blueberg decided to attend a bobsled combine in Park City, Utah — Little did he know he would earn the highest score out of every participant at the combine.
Shortly after the combine — Mike Donnie, the coach of Team USA bobsled, contacted Blueberg and invited him to train at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY.
Over the course of two weeks, Blueberg continued to put up impressive scores on additional tests and showed some real potential to coaches.
The Carson High alum will spend his winter at the Olympic Training Center with his eye on the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
Olympians rely heavily on endorsements and self-funding — if you are looking to help Blueberg and his family on their journey, you can find his Go Fund Me by clicking here.