Georgia GA tries to make Olympics

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ATHENS – Jake Miller has never touched a bobsled, but he's one step from representing the United States in the event in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

If he does, he'll be the second Bulldog to do it. Miller, 25, graduated this summer with a master's degree in exercise science from Georgia, where he worked as a graduate assistant strength coach for the football team last year.

Another strength graduate assistant put in a good word for Miller with U.S. bobsled coach Brian Shimer, who invited Miller to tryouts in Maryland on Aug. 11. There, he wowed officials by running a 30-meter dash in 3.61 seconds. That, and an impressive broad jump, earned him a spot on the U.S. team.

The first week of September, he will head to Lake Placid, Colo., for training camp. There, he will be one of 20 athletes competing for a spot on one of the two U.S. teams that will compete in World Cup competition.

Miller, who was a walk-on hurdler as an undergraduate at Florida State, will have to be one of the top six pushers to qualify for one of those teams. Along with way, he'll have to figure out how to push a bobsled.

"It's going to be an experience," said Miller, who worked out in the Bulldogs' weight room Tuesday.

If Miller is lucky, Shimer will have a soft spot for former Bulldogs. In 1992, Shimer teamed with Georgia legend Herschel Walker to place seventh in the two-man bobsled at the Winter Olympics in Albertville.

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