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Hello, my name is Jesse Beckom, III and I’m a 34-year-old male living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’m a National Team Member of USA Bobsled, where I’ve competed in both 2-man and 4-man events over the last ten years. I also enjoy ice skating, weight training, speed training, bowling and of course a good game of Call of Duty. The NOW supplements I take include Whey Protein, Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), ZMA, Glutamine, Beta-Alanine, Bone Strength, D-Ribose, Ginkgo Biloba, L-Carnitine NOW Shots and 5-HTP. I know NOW supplements help me recover quicker and perform better than I have in the past. How do I know? Because during 2012 World Championships my teammates and I posted the 5th fastest start in the world! I felt well-rested and energized during two days of extreme racing and I know NOW products contributed to that performance.
I grew on Chicago’s Southside along with four older sisters. I received a partial football/track & field scholarship out of high school. After two years at Trinity International University I transferred to Iowa State University where I walked on to the football team, earned a full scholarship, Big 12 Defensive New Comer of the year, and became a team co-captain my senior year. I began bobsledding in 2002 after a chance meeting and conversation between my college football coach, Charlie Partridge, and former bobsled driver, Travis Bell. Not too long after this meeting, Mr. Bell called and invited me to bobsled tryout camp in Lake Placid, New York. I performed well enough to receive an invitation to compete on the U.S. bobsled team, an opportunity I’ve always been very thankful for.
From the start of my bobsledding career I’ve steadily climbed the bobsled tour ladder, due to my outstanding physical fitness and that has allowed me to have numerous top 6 start times. From 2002 to 2005 I was racing while finishing my Master’s degree in City Planning from Iowa State University. I was managing both my professional and athletic careers in the hope that my professional career would cover my bobsledding expenses. Things didn’t work out exactly as planned and I ended up leaving bobsledding for a while after accepting a City Planner’s position in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But my goal the entire time was to make enough money to get back to bobsledding. During this time I still kept training and even worked an extra part-time job in security.
I was finally able to return to bobsledding in 2007, enjoying success and helping teammate Steve Holcomb achieve a number 4 ranking in the world (he would later go on to a number 1 world ranking). Unbeknownst to me, the 2009-2010 season, an Olympic year, would be my most trying ever due to some serious injuries. I was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome in both lower legs, a limb-threatening and potentially life-threatening condition that required surgery and 8 months of recovery. Then, just before the National Team Trials I pulled my right groin and abductor, which ultimately prevented me from contending for a spot on the 2010 Olympic team. Other people may have given up on their dream after these setbacks, but I was determined to persevere.
My perseverance paid off as I was able to bounce back and achieve a ranking as one of the “Top 5 Push Athletes” in the country. In the summer of 2011 I became the # 4 ranked brakeman in the country and earned a spot on USA2 (bobsled team 2) for the 2011-2012 bobsled season. This was another challenging season as my teammates and I were consistently within striking distance of top ten in the world all season.
With new-found confidence and a training and nutrition regimen I feel I’ve perfected, which includes NOW supplements, I’m back in Colorado Springs training for the upcoming 2012-2013 bobsled season. I’ve got my eyes set on the ultimate goal of making the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. I’m pretty sure this will be my last chance to achieve my dream, and it’s my hope that NOW supplements can give me the edge I need nourish my body and ensure the dream becomes a reality.