Interview: Brittany Reinbolt



Before attending a bobsled recruitment camp in March 2011, Brittany Reinbolt was a member of the 2010 women’s national tackle football team and competed in track and field at Winona State University. Reinbolt’s hobbies include skateboarding and video editing. Her ideal location is, ironically, a warm beach with good surf. (Source: Team USA athlete profiles)

1. What is a typical day for you like?

A typical day involves a lot of training. We usually have a mix of weight lifting, sprint training, bobsled push training, sled prep, actual bobsledding, recovery, video review, and team meetings. It seems like most days we are doing some sort of training from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep.

2. How do you relax after a tiring day of training?

I enjoy hanging out with my teammates at dinner. Sometimes we end up sitting in the cafeteria for hours.

3. What are some things that will make you feel stressed?

I tend to get a little frustrated when I don’t perform the way that I anticipated or desired. But as long as I can channel that frustration into hard work and motivation to do better in the future, things usually work out in the end. I recently heard a quote that said, “Losers look at what they’re going through, but winners look at what they are going to.” That is so true in sports, life, and in our walk with Christ.

4. What are some of the struggles you face as an athlete?

I try to constantly remind myself not to take any of my experiences for granted. I get to experience some amazing things and go to some incredible places through bobsledding. It can all end in the blink of an eye so I try to cherish every moment and to take advantage of every opportunity.

5. Were you worried when you made the decision to go professional? Why?

Actually bobsledding is considered an amateur sport, so quitting my career to bobsled was a huge decision. I struggled to determine if I should continue pouring into the students that I was coaching or move onto bobsledding. God eventually made it clear that my time as a coach was up and that He wanted me to be a light in the bobsled community.

6. Is it difficult for you to glorify God in your profession?

I don’t think that glorifying God is necessarily difficult. However, glorifying myself seems so much easier at times. Sports will teach us to glorify ourselves, but God teaches us to glorify Him. I just try to remember that my life in this world ended when I decided to pick up my cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23-24).

7. How have you seen God working in your life to mold you to become who you are today?

I’m thankful that I grew up in a churchgoing family where I was given a solid foundation in Christ. However, looking back, I see that somewhere along the way, I started going through the Christian motions and became more concerned with worldly success. I defined myself by what I had accomplished in life and not by who I am in Christ. Then in college I started to actually dive into the Bible and spend time hanging out with God. It changed my life.

When you have a good life and get caught up in the traditions of religion, but you don’t become a friend of God, you are lukewarm. I was lukewarm, and Christ rescued me. My life was all about being morally correct, and being as successful as possible in this world. I was comparing myself to everyone else, but when I finally compared myself to Christ, I realized that I was missing the mark. Now I know that salvation is not a just a prayer, it’s a lifestyle of faith.

8. What kind of attitude(s) must one have to work in this industry?

You’ve got to have a resilient attitude—be as tough as nails and able to overcome whatever obstacles that are thrown at you while outperforming your competition.

9. Is there a verse/verses that you keep close to you to remind yourself about God’s sovereignty in your life? What are they and what significance do they have on you?

It is so easy to get distracted and make bobsledding an idol. Bobsledding is great, but it’s not meant to be worshiped as my god. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” That verse reminds me that my prize is not in this world (it’s not in bobsledding medals), my prize is in heaven. I need to live a life that reflects that goal.

10. What are some practical tips that you can give to young aspiring athletes?

Keep the big picture in mind. God has a much bigger purpose for you in life than winning competitions. Our abilities are just a tool that God gives us to shine His light.

 

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