Olympian Carlo Valdes of Newport Beach quickly took to bobsledding and was named the 2015 USA Men's Bobsled Rookie of the Year.
Four Things to Know
1. Valdes attended UCLA as a football player and later joined the track and field team.
2. A UCLA coach encouraged him to take up bobsledding and Valdes found he was a natural at the sport.
3. He broke his high school's discus record.
4. Terrified of bees, Valdes will sprint for his life when near one.
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