Josh Williamson says he’s “that guy”: Sure, the 21-year-old member of Team USA Bobsled will hang out and maybe even have a beer, but, he says, “I’ve always known that I’d rather be in the gym … I loved spending time with [friends], but I liked eating right.”
Williamson was a high-school football and college lacrosse player (and bobsled fan), but he never assumed his passion for athletics and his work ethic would lead to a competitive career. “I always liked being the guy who was working hard in the corner—you didn’t have to know [I] was there, but you knew [I was doing] my job.”
Then he tried out for the United States Olympic Committee’s “Scouting Camp: Next Olympic Hopeful” on a whim, last summer. Within six months, he was competing internationally—and not with just any team, but with his dream team: Team USA Bobsled.
The excitement is also a lot to process, and for Williamson, “The biggest thing that’s changed is I’ve realized that I was right.” He continues with deep conviction: “What I thought was true about myself was true … and at the end of the day, what you want to be is what you can be.”