A metro athlete has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Heading to the Olympics isn't a new dream for Annalisa Nostrant. She has always been athletic, but she never imagined herself heading there for bobsled. An email, though, changed her mind.
"I got this email and I thought, 'are you kidding me?' I didn't even think about how I could comprehend doing that," she said.
Nostrant is getting her training in Lenexa. The lean, 6' tall 23-year-old has always had the strength to get where she is now.
The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation noticed Nostrant after she won a weight lifting award in college. They wanted her power to push a sled.
"I went to the tryout combine, and they showed us how to push a bobsled. After that, I just had to do this," she said.
It has been full speed ahead since.
Nostrant is a part of the U.S. Olympic Development team slated for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
From start to finish, a race takes less than 60 seconds, but Nostrant spends an hour and a half each day training for her shot at Olympic gold.
Her sport requires weight and speed.
"The faster you're out of that starting block at the top, the better, and that can really alter your time when you're at the bottom. That can change a race if you have an amazing start time, getting to the bottom of that can save you a lot of time," she said.
Joseph Potts is her coach. He trains professional football and baseball players.
The two work on nutrition. Nostrant needs to pack on 10 pounds of muscle in the next three years. Then, they'll focus on technique and core strength.
"Her job is to be rigid while she is in there. The less movement, the better. So it is not so much her ability to move as the ability to fight being moved," Potts said.
Nostrant trains with the shirt she designed. It reads "dare to dream," and she is daring big.
"It is just exhilarating to think, 'gosh I want to do that so badly' and have that moment. It would be awesome to get that opportunity," Nostrant said.
Nostrant is modest about her ability. She says a couple of miracles have to happen, but her coach says as long as she keeps up her hard work, she'll be an Olympian.
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