CTI’s Mike Rogals was featured on NBC5 news! See how Mike juggles his dual life as an engineer and a pro skeleton bobsledder training for a spot in the Winter Olympics. Also, he engineered his own bobsled! bit.ly/MikeRogalsOlympics
Mike Rogals is a fully self-funded athlete, working for Control Technologies Inc. (CTI) as an engineer in summer and training full-time at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. in the winter. His goal is to earn a spot in the 2018 Winter Olympics when he competes at the USA Bobsled and Skelton Team Trials in October.Earning his way, becoming a US Skeleton Athlete on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton National Team, was not a downhill slide, even if the sport involves careening face-first downhill at speeds just shy of 90 mph.
In addition to training at Lake Placid and traveling the world competing, Mike works out every day and may spend over 20 hours a week in the gym. Mike said, “CTI gives me the flexibility I need to work out every day and disappear for months at a time each winter.”Mike’s hard work and incredible skills have put him in an optimal position for continued success as he finished second at the 2014 US National Championships, took second in overall points at the North American Cup in 2015, and finished the 2016-2017 season ranked 5th in the US and 48th in the world.
Everyone at CTI is rooting for Mike. “I want to be the best I can be and have an adventure along the way. If an opportunity to try and be a part of something as big and great as the Olympics comes around, I’m going to go for it. It may or may not work out in the end, but the cool thing about chasing a lofty dream is that I’ll never feel like I was wasting my time or have any future regrets about not seeing it through,” said a very determined Mike.