The transition to bobsled is not simple. And Katie Eberling's path is no different.
The 25-year-old from Palos Hills had to learn the sport from scratch — in a 400-pound sled that results in twice the force of the space shuttle.
Eberling, a two-time world medalist, is expected to make her first Olympic team as one of the sport's premier brakemen. In her rookie season of 2011, she claimed the U.S. National Push Champion title after a successful volleyball career at Western Michigan.
She lists one of her inspirations as Cubs Hall of Famer Ron Santo, whom she calls "loyal" and "humble," traits that have rubbed off on this lifelong Cubs fan.
Be sure to catch "Quest for Gold 2014," a 30-minute special highlighting gold-medal hopefuls heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, airing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 25 on Comcast SportsNet.
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