Charlie Volker, a 2019 graduate of Princeton University, is one of eight athletes chosen for the U.S. Olympics bobsled team.
The New Jersey native was a star running back on the Rumson High School football team that won the Central Jersey Group 2 state championship in 2014. In 2015, he won the Central Jersey Group 2 state championship in the 100-meter dash.
After playing football and running track at Princeton University, Volker dreamed of making it to the NFL. He ranked No. 7 of all-time at Princeton in rushing yards, so after graduating in 2019 with a degree in history, he began training to pursue a professional career in football. But when COVID-19 shut down football training camps in the spring of 2020, Volker pivoted to bobsledding at the suggestion of a trainer. After winning the national push championship title last summer, Volker, 24, made his world cup debut in November. Two months later, in January 2022, he won his first world cup medal, a bronze, in the four-man bobsled.