Mason Alumnus Goes for the Gold

Posted: January 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

On Dec. 29, 2001, at 8 p.m., Mike Kohn, who received a B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources in 1997 from George Mason, was officially named to the 2002 Men’s U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team. After graduating from high school in 1992, Kohn made history as the youngest member ever to compete in the Olympic trials. Although Kohn has been a member of the U.S. bobsled team since 1997, February will mark his debut as an Olympian–a dream of his since the seventh grade.

“I always thought of the Olympics as the greatest spectacle in sports and knew I wanted to be a part of that,” he says. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kohn serves as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army with expert classification in rifle and grenade. Kohn is able to pursue his bobsledding career thanks to the support of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

Kohn worked out in the Field House last week while being profiled by ABC.

For more information, visit the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation web site at

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