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Athlete Biography

Army Sgt. Michael Kohn

Army Sgt. Michael Kohn grew up in Northern Virginia. He received a bachelorís degree in exercise physiology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Kohn joined the Army National Guard in 1999 as an infantry soldier, completing his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga.

Kohn became a competitive athlete at an early age. In high school, he excelled at football and in track and field. Kohn was first introduced to the bobsled in 1990 and, at age 18, he was the youngest competitor in the 1991 Olympic Trials.

After graduating from George Mason University, Kohn started racing on the World Cup in 1998 and finished fifth in the 1999 World Championships. In 2002, he won the bronze medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics in the four-man event. This was the first U.S. Olympic medal in menís bobsled since 1956, ending a 46-year medal drought.

Kohn, along with other military athletes, was honored in ceremonies at the White House with the President. They were also recognized at the Pentagon by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard.

Following the 2002 Olympics, Kohn switched from push athlete to driver. Since that time, he has won multiple national championships, a World Cup silver medal and has had many top 10 finishes.

A member of the Utah National Guard, Kohn is one of several U.S. Olympic bobsled soldier-athletes, who have benefited from the National Guard Outstanding Athlete Program.


  • 2007 National Champion in two-man and Bronze medalist in four-man Three Top 10 World Cup finishes during the 2006-2007 Season
  • 2005 National Champion in four-man and Silver medalist in two-man
  • 2004 Silver medalist in the Lake Placid World Cup Switched from push athlete to driver after the 2002 Olympics Named among People magazineís ďTop 50 Most Eligible BachelorsĒ
  • in 2002 Visited troops in Afghanistan after the 2002 Olympics
  • 2002 Olympic four-man bronze medalist with driver Brian Shimer Youngest competitor in the 1991 Olympic Trials Member of the Virginia Army National Guard

In Their Own Words

ďItís just really an honor for me to be up here, representing our country with these teammates of mine, Doug and Dan and Brian. Itís just an unbelievable feeling. Iíll never forget this.Ē