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Olympian Johnny Quinn to train with Denton SWAT team

Olympian Johnny Quinn to train with Denton SWAT team

Olympian Johnny Quinn to train with Denton SWAT team
March 18
01:12 2014

Brittany Armstrong // Intern Writer

At the age of 26, Johnny Quinn had been cut from the NFL twice and suffered an ACL tear in his knee that ended his career in the Canadian Football League.

It looked like his dream was over, but four years later he is now an internationally renowned Olympian who wants to spread his message to never give up.

On Wednesday, Quinn will be working with the Denton Police Department SWAT team breaching doors. The invitation for the private session came from the department shortly after Quinn’s Sochi door bust went viral. Millions of viewers around the world looked at his tweeted photo of the door he was forced to break open after he was accidentally trapped in a hotel bathroom.

“We knew that he was a great athlete and football player at UNT, so we thought, ‘let’s have a little fun with a hometown boy,’” Denton police spokesman Ryan Greele said.

Quinn said he was delighted to have the chance.

“It’s such a cool opportunity,” he said. “You know those guys are the real heroes and for them to invite me to come train with them is really humbling. I’m excited to learn with those guys and we’re going to have some fun.”

Quinn was an all-time leading receiver for the Mean Green football team with 2,718 yards and led UNT in punt returns for three straight seasons from 2004 to 2006. In 2011 he was inducted into the North Texas Hall of Fame and later was chosen as one of two receivers for the UNT All-Century Team.

After his football career ended in 2009, Quinn tried out for the National Bobsled Team and made it to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Team USA-1 won bronze, and his team finished 13th.

Men's four-man bobsled

“What I’m going to remember is wearing the red, white and blue and competing for team USA, but also the friendships that I made over there in Sochi with other athletes from other countries,” he said. “It was so neat for all the countries to come together and compete. To be a small part of that was such an awesome time for me.”

Quinn said the most surprising thing about Russia is how nice it was over there.

“The media was kind of bashing Russia,” he said. “I got to see everything first hand, and the Russians did such a phenomenal job hosting a safe and successful Olympic games from the venues, to the volunteers to the support staff. Everyone was very welcoming and very friendly over there.”

The fame that Quinn has received over the weeks since the Olympics has helped to give his company, the Athlete Watch, a lot of attention. The company helps student athletes market their skills and abilities to colleges across the nation.

“It’s been such a blessing to start a business where I can literally go in and sit down with a family, listen to their story and what’s going on in their life as a high school student athlete and be able to relate to that very in-depth and very personal,” he said.

Quinn hopes to spend the next few years focusing on his business. He also uses his platform to inspire youth and share his advice..

“Every one has a dream and a goal out there,” he said. “Whether it’s small or big, it doesn’t matter. But everybody has some type of dream or goal and my advice is to never give up on it.”

Center photo: The USA-2 bobsled makes its run in the third heat of the four-man bobsled event at the Sanki Sliding Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The team, Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson, finished 12th in the competition. Photo courtesy of Chuck Myers/MCT

Feature photo: Johnny Quinn holds up an eagle claw at the Sochi Olympic Park 2014. Photo courtesy of Johnny Quinn 

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