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Nebraska native takes home Olympic bronze medal

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Nebraska native Curt Tomasevicz of the U.S. Olympic bobsledding team is bringing home a bronze medal.

"It was just incredible seeing a small town athlete be there," friend Makenzi Kuhnel said.

A&B grill 'N Bar in Shelby was decked out in red, white and blue Sunday as family and friends cheered on Tomasevicz as he vied for a spot on the Olympic podium.

Starting the day in 4th, the four–man team is coming home with the bronze.

Tomasevicz's mother, Amy, said it's no surprise he's adding another medal to his list of achievements.

"He's always been one to work towards goals and he continues to set goals for himself all the time," Amy said. "So to see them all come to fruition is very satisfying for me."

"Impossible was not a word in his vocabulary," long-time friend Grant Gabel added. "Whatever he set his mind to, he worked to get that."

"Seeing them accomplish what they set out for is just great," Jeff Kuhnel, another long-time friend, said.

Tomasevicz's mom has been with him throughout his entire bobsledding journey, watching the three–time Olympian and former Husker finish 6th in Italy in 2006, then win gold in the 2010 Vancouver winter games and now bronze in Sochi.

She said there's no better feeling than having the community by her side at home supporting her son, her hometown hero.

"I wave at the billboard every time I go through town," she said, referring to the picture of Tomasevicz on the side of Pinnacle Bank in Shelby. "It just makes you feel good."

Amy said this will most likely be her son's final Olympics. He'll return home from Sochi on Tuesday. 

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