Five fun questions to get to know Nathan Gilsleider
Do you have pets?
I have 1 dog, a golden-doodle named Ella. Growing up as a large, small, and exotic veterinarian’s son I have been fortunate enough to be around so many special animals and have learned to love them and all their neat facts. My parents have had many animals and to this day still have kangaroos in their backyard. Ella brings us so much love and joy.
What is your earliest or favorite memory of watching the Olympics?
My favorite memory of any Olympic Games was watching Michael Johnson and his gold shoes break records. I always envisioned myself doing something like that, dreaming of having those moments.
Who was most influential in helping you achieve your dreams?
My family has been the most influential in helping me achieve my dreams. They have never given up on me and always supported every move I have made. Because of injuries I have switched sports and changed schools, but that never made them waiver in their beliefs in my abilities.
Also, [OSU football] coach Mike Gundy and strength coach Rob Glass really helped shaped the way I viewed what it took to be successful in life and in athletics. Coach instilled in us that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication and that is something I have tried to live by daily.
What is your favorite perk of being an elite Olympic athlete?
Being able to train at the Olympic Training Centers and all the things that come with that.
Are there any misconceptions about your sport that you would like to clear up?
What you see on ice is about 1/10 of our job. We spend hours in the garage working and tweaking each little aspect of our sled trying to gain the hundredths of seconds that are the difference between winning and losing.