When life hands you lemons, make lemonade… and try out for the National Canadian bobsled team. At least, that’s what Jean-Nicolas Carriere did, and it just might pay off big.
After attending McGill University on a football scholarship, Carriere was drafted as the 21st overall pick into the Canadian Football League. When an off-season shoulder injury ended his hopes of competing professionally, Carriere found himself struggling to reconcile his lifelong aspirations with the reality that he might never realize the level of athletic success he’d trained his whole life to achieve.
But he kept working. For a solid year, Carriere buried disappointment and focused his energies on getting back into peak shape. Then, he did something he probably never dreamed of and attended an identification camp for potential bobsledders. His performance won him an invite to train with the current Canadian National team in Calgary, Canada.
Now, after an incredible road bump in his life plan, he’s forged a new path and may be on his way to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In case you’re not completely convinced that Carriere’s journey is as physically impressive as it is lucky, check out this video of his training regimen, understand what it means to truly push yourself, and why, for people like Carriere, there’s no such thing as bad luck.