Carson City athlete makes USA Men's Bobsled Team

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Chase Blueberg has spent the majority of his life playing baseball, but after a shoulder injury threw his plans of playing professional baseball of track, he's found a new sport.

"My family, we're baseball guys, my dad played baseball, my brother plays baseball, I played baseball, that was the only focus of our life. If you asked what we're going to be for our whole athletic career we were going to play baseball," Chase says.

Chase played college baseball and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2017. He says after the injury he was disappointed.

"I felt like I had missed my big opportunity to do something great," he says.

His parents, Jim and Heather Blueberg say it was tough watching him go through that difficult time.

"It was just the one more step that he wanted and it didn't happen for him so we were sad for him but it seems God had a bigger plan," Heather says.

Chase stepped out in faith and tried out for the USA Men's Bobsled Team. He was offered a spot on October 25, 2019.

"In my head I was waiting for them to be like thanks for coming it was great to have you because in my head I didn't deserve where I was you know I'd only been doing this for a month or so," Chase says.

The Blueberg family says looking back, they know everything he went through happened for a reason.

"You know I called him and I said you still mad? And he paused and I said you know God has a sense of humor because you thought you were training all this time to play in the big leagues or get an opportunity and now it's like the shoe fits everything he's been training for fits the bobsled sport," Jim, his father, says.

Chase is now training to get to the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022. He says he is blown away by the community's support and says he can't do it without their help.

"I have to remind myself that this is a big deal and people are taking a liking to it and if they think it's worth any sort of donation they can give it's going to be imperative to represent my country and Northern Nevada area and do it for my hometown," he says.

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