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PORTLAND -- A former star athlete from Barlow High School is chasing an Olympic dream.

Sam Michener was All-State in football and a state champion sprinter. He went to college in Idaho on a track scholarship.

He dropped out of medical school to pursue the Olympics. Now he's trying to make it on the U.S. four-man bobsled team for the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Michener is in town for a couple of months before returning to the bobsled training center in Lake Placid, NY.

The Olympic dream 2018, it's been my dream since I was a little kid, Michener said during a break in training at the Bridgetown Crossfit and Barbell Club in North Portland.

Michener has the support of his family, sponsors and donors to help finance his dream.

He said the four-man bobsled is a wild ride.

The best analogy I can come up with is it's a mixture between a roller coaster ride and a car crash.

Michener said reaching his goal is harder than he thought, but he believes it's worth it.

He'll return to the U.S. bobsled training center in Lake Placid later this summer.

For more about Michener and to support his journey, click here.

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