Nebraska’s Gold: Curt Tomasevicz and Corn
|As a member of the U.S. Olympic 4-man bobsled team, gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz knows something abut global competition – and what it takes to build a winning team for America.”It takes strong will, determination, commitment and dedication,” he said at Husker Harvest Days in September. “If our nation is going to become even stronger, we need to bring those same characteristics to our quest for energy independence.”In June of 2010, Shelby, Nebraska, native Tomasevicz became the official spokesman for Nebraska corn, partnering with the Nebraska Corn Board to tell the positive story of corn and agriculture.In addition to his support of biofuels, Tomasevicz is helping to tell the story of how Nebraska corn farmers achieve success.”Success is about doing the little things a little better than the other guy,” he said in a recent radio report. “In bobsledding, it’s about shaving off hundredths of a second. For corn farmers, it’s about growing more with less. Less water. Less energy. Less fertilizer. It’s about feeding the world and fueling our nation, while protecting our precious resources.”From corn-fed beef, pork and poultry – to corn-based ethanol – Nebraska corn farmers are adding value to the crop they grow, with corn being transformed into nutritious food, clean-burning fuel and renewable bioplastics. “In the process, corn farmers help power Nebraska’s economy from border to border,” he said.In addition to his appearance at the 2010 Husker Harvest Days, Tomasevicz appeared at the Nebraska State Fair, where he signed autographs and did many news interviews – from television to radio to print. For more on his day at the 2010 Fair, click here. He also appearedat the Oct. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers/Texas Longhorns football game in Lincoln.You can also see all the photos from Tomasevicz’s appearances on behalf of Nebraska corn farmers on this Flickr page. For all blog posts, click hereto visit a collection page at Nebraska Corn Kernels.”The talent, commitment and dedication of Nebraska’s corn farmers are unquestioned and unwavering,” Tomasevicz says. “When it comes to bringing home the gold, Nebraska’s corn farmers don’t just do it once every four years. They do it every day.”
If you recall, Tomasevicz won a gold medal with his teammates on the U.S. men’s bobsled team, nicknamed “Night Train,” in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. It was the first gold for the United States in the event since 1948! If you’d like to see a recap video, click here or to see it “live,” click here. (Curious how they train? Click here for a great video.)
What’s Curt been up to?
Every few weeks during the international bobsled season, Curt is sharing a bit of what he’s been up to at Nebraska Corn Kernels.
To check out his blog posts, and all the blog posts about Curt, click here.
Listen to Curt!
Radio spots featuring Curt Tomasevicz:
Some photos of Tomasevicz (click for larger images):