Mickey Dollens: Bartlesville man has Olympic dreams, nearly made bobsled team for Sochi 2014

MOORE, Okla. - Far from the plains of Oklahoma lie the hills of the bobsled track.  It's an incredible thrill ride most Sooners don't dream of experiencing.  

Mickey Dollens is the exception.

"Two days before, I was in an oil field covered in mud and oil, and the next day I was going down one of the nicest tracks in the world in Switzerland," said Mickey.

It's a long way from where he grew up in Bartlesville.

After heading off to play football at SMU, Mickey saw something on TV that changed his life -- the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"I thought, hey I'm a defensive lineman.  I push things around.  I'm strong.  I'm fast.  I'm going to try out for the bobsledding team," said Mickey.

When Mickey graduated from college it was time to give it a go.  After seeing a flier for a bobsled team try out, he tried it and made it.

Before long Mickey got an invite to the bobsled Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"Just training with those guys at the Olympic Training Center was an amazing honor and a great experience," said Mickey.

The dream of making the 2014 Winter Olympic Team looked like it could become reality, but Mickey's team came up just short at the USA team trials last summer.

His Olympic dream was over.

"It's one of those things where you give it your all and keep persevering," said Mickey.  "And when it comes to an end you can look back at it and say I gave it my all."

Mickey still bobsleds, like that recent trip to Switzerland to compete in the EuroCup.  But these days he's more focused on something else, a new dream in a new kind of competition -- weightlifting.

"It's fun to come in here and compete against your friends," said Mickey.  "Fun atmosphere."

Inspired by his father and grandfather who were both racers and weightlifters, Mickey's now training at a gym in Moore.

His coach likes what he sees.

"Every coach loves to have an athlete come to him who's genetically gifted, an elite athlete who's hungry, motivated," said Stephen Miller, Mickey's coach.  "It's our dream."
It's their dream to win the state weightlifting finals then nationals.  And then just maybe the Olympics.

"That would be an incredible experience," said Mickey.

It's a dream Mickey just won't let die.

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