Mason Alumnus Begins Quest for Gold Medal Tonight

Posted: February 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

George Mason alumnus Mike Kohn takes center stage tonight at the Winter Olympics as his four-man bobsled team begins its quest for a gold medal. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., but it will be broadcast on NBC in primetime between 8 and 11 p.m.

Kohn received a B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources in 1997 from George Mason, and was officially named to the 2002 Men’s U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team last December. 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, tonight 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.

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