UNT grad going for the gold at Sochi

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 9:20 PM

You don't have to live in a cold-weather city to become a winter Olympian.

Johnny Quinn of from McKinney is proof of that.

The way his mother tells it, Quinn — a former pro football player and University of North Texas standout — has been ready for the spotlight his whole life.

"I think he's the only football player who ever went to college with an ironing board and an iron," Terri Quinn said. "He always wanted to look sharp."

Johnny Quinn's family believes this is his moment to be noticed by the world as part of the USA bobsled team.

"The end goal is to be on that podium in Sochi with a medal around our neck watching our flag fly high," Quinn told News 8 from Russia.

Quinn is a McKinney native, and that’s where his family is — waiting until the end of the games when he competes. They plan to travel to Russia to watch him, as long as their safety is not a problem.

"It’s a concern; he's expressed concern," fiancée Amanda Hall said. "I think we’re trying to take things one day at a time."

But always with a eye on winning.

"Thanks to the Dallas-Fort Worth area," Quinn said. "I can’t wait to come back with a medal to Dallas-Fort Worth."

Deal. We'll meet you at the airport.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com

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