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Cincinnati Trainer Coaching Chinese at Olympics
CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- A personal trainer from Roselawn is in Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
Dustin Woods, 27, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for China's Short Track Speed Skating team.
"It's been absolutely amazing," Woods said via Skype from Sochi Thursday. He added, "I did not expect it to be this big and this nice and this beautiful because we came here last year and things were still being set up and it was just a big pile of mud."
Woods was a standout football player at Purcell Marian and Miami University. The former wide receiver hoped to play in the NFL but his parents said injuries kept him from doing so. A colleague told Woods about the job in China three years ago when he was working at Ignition. The self-described homebody jumped at the chance to move to China for the coaching job.
"Never in my biggest dreams would I ever think that I would be here. This was just an opportunity that God presented and it was just a blessing that I was there at the time where I was. You know, I thought I'd be hopefully in the NFL but that door was closed and another one opened," Woods said.
Dustin gets up every day at 6 a.m. and works out. Then he spends the rest of the day with his athletes. He makes sure they're in tip-top condition. His parents said they will be cheering for Dustin and the Chinese - but only in Short Track Speed Skating!
"He's such an honorable guy. He's a very nice young man - even though he is my son. And I'm very proud of him," Carol Woods said. Dustin's father said when the job opportunity came up he told his son to go for it.
"He's a natural in everything that he does as far as sports and other things," said Robin Woods.
There's been a lot of media coverage about security concerns in Sochi. The area is near a part of Russia where Islamic militants live. Terrorists have vowed to interrupt the games. But Dustin said he feels safe in the Olympic Village.
"I keep on getting emails about like toothpaste stuff and something going on with toothpaste and the accommodations but we're not experiencing any of that here. There's no safety issues that are noticeable here. Everything is pretty safe. Security is really tight. I don't think anybody has any fear here in the village," Woods said.
Dustin said he is enjoying his time in Russia. He posed for a photo with American speed skater Apolo Ohno.
"It's been really cool just meeting a bunch of new people seeing the different types of athletes that you don't usually see on an everyday basis in the States."
The women's team's star skater, Wang Meng, won't be competing because of an injury. But, Dustin and the team still believe they can take home the gold.
Dustin and his wife are expecting their first child. Someday, his parents said he'd like to work on the coaching staff at Ohio State.