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Winter Olympics: Quinn named to U.S. team

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By Brett Vito / Staff Writer

Former North Texas wide receiver Johnny Quinn was named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team on Sunday.

Quinn was named to the team as a push athlete and will be a member of the four-man team with driver Nick Cunningham.

Justin Olsen and Dallas Robinson are the other two push athletes who were named to Cunningham’s four-man sled, USA-2.

There were a total of six push athletes named to the U.S. men’s team. Steven Holcomb and his crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt will be USA-1.

Quinn could also be selected for the two-man bobsled event. The brakemen for the two-man event will be selected from among the push athletes named to the team.

The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23. The four-man bobsled competition will take place Feb. 22-23. The two-man competition will take place from Feb. 18-19.

Push athletes were selected for the team based on team trial performance, driver input and a number of other factors.

Quinn was a lightly recruited wide receiver coming out of McKinney before developing into a standout player with UNT.

Quinn led UNT in receptions in four straight seasons beginning in 2003 and is the Mean Green’s all-time leading receiver with 2,718 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was a member of three Sun Belt Conference title teams.

Quinn was undrafted out of UNT and signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills before being picked up by the Green Bay Packers. He played in four preseason games with the Packers in 2008 and was released.

Quinn then played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League before turning his focus to bobsledding.

For the women, track athletes Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones were selected. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the London Games. Jones is a two-time veteran of the summer games in the 100-meter hurdles, missing out on gold in Beijing after a late stumble.

This story contains material from The Associated Press.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.