Jeremy Holm

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Jeremy Holm, Latter-day Saint Bobsledder
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Jeremy Christian Holm is a bobsled pilot, author, motivational speaker, and graphic and web designer. He is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Holm was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, on December 22, 1980. He grew up near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and near Salt Lake City, Utah. He served a mission in Honduras and Belize.

He attended Brigham Young University and graduated from Salt Lake Community College with a degree in print journalism.

Holm began participating in bobsled in January 1997 at the newly constructed Park City, Utah, track, constructed for the 2002 Winter Olympics. His father, Jeffrey Holm, owned High Performance Coatings, Inc., and was approached to sponsor the 1998 bobsled team. He took his son to the track, and although Holm was afraid of roller coasters, he took a ride down the track. At the end of the run, he knew bobsled was the sport he wanted to participate in for the rest of his life. He trained and competed in both the two- and four-man bobsled. He is training toward going on the 2015 America Cup circuit with his brakeman, Dave Meservy.

It’s hard to explain what it feels like to pilot a bobsled down a course at full speed. Flying a fighter jet may possess close proximity, but even then you don’t get a full sense of the thrill of it all. The roar of the sled going through a turn, the pressure in your chest as you hit 5+ G’s from centrifugal force and of course it is hard to top the feeling of standing on the medal’s podium while the National Anthem plays. There’s the camaraderie, the challenge of finding funding, the underlying competitive natures, pushing yourself to your physical, mental and emotional limits and so much more.[1]

In 2009 Jeremy was asked to coach the United States Adaptive Bobsled Team, thus allowing him to develop a program that contained some of the first Paralympic bobsled athletes in the world.

In 2008, Holm formed the Athlete Outreach Project, an organization designed to use the influence of Olympic and world-class athletes and hopefuls to inspire others, serve in the community, spread hope and assist non-profit organizations in their causes. The AOP has been involved in numerous fundraisers, motivational events, school and hospital visits, teen education programs, and neighborhood service projects.

Holm believes that there are many principles found in the Olympic movement that correlate to and can strengthen dedication and commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. His book, Fire on Ice: Gospel Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Sports, reflects that belief.

The Phoenix Bobsled Project

Holm created The Phoenix Bobsled Project, named after his current sled. He and his team plan to use the Phoenix in outreach, charity, and educational events, with the intent to inspire, motivate, and leave a lasting impression of hope with youth, and adults. They also plan to train American bobsled athletes