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Greenville firefighter makes USA National Bobsled Team

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Casey Wickline's gear at his Greenville fire department. (Nov. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina) Casey Wickline's gear at his Greenville fire department. (Nov. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina)

From local firefighter to making the U.S. bobsled team, competition starts now for Greenville native Casey Wickline.

While he's taking a leave of absence from his Greenville City Fire Department duties, his crewmates are excited to follow his progress.

Wickline learned he made the cut on Sunday, which is very exciting news for the former Bob Jones Academy and Eastside High School athlete.

This past summer, he started strength and speed training for the Aug. 2 combine at Furman before going to train in Lake Placid, NY. The last two weeks have been the first time that Wickline ever competed, in Park City, UT.

"Every athlete's dream is to represent their country and Team USA, and to be able to do that is such a huge honor and privilege," Wickline said during a Skype interview Sunday night.

The 28 year-old from Greenville said he first heard about bobsled team tryouts from another firefighter at his department. He realized he fit the height and weight requirements to compete, and the initial tryouts only needed him to show off his athletic ability.

His fire station comrades watched as he trained, running stairs and lifting weights, all summer.

"Knowing all the hard work that he's put in, it's awesome having him represent us, representing the United States, but also representing Greenville and the firefighters. You know, we have a close brotherhood, and having him put in that effort and represent us, you know that's definitely an awesome feature that he's accomplished," said fellow Greenville City firefighter Micah Raines.

His wife Alexis said neither one of them expected that he would ever become a part of the USA Bobsled Team, but she's on board for his adventure.

As a medical assistant at Parkside Pediatrics in Simpsonville, Alexis Wickline said she's ready to hold down the fort at home while Casey competes across the world for what could be about four years.

They said the ultimate goal is to make the Olympic team, which is still about three and a half years away.

"It's definitely tough, but I wouldn't want anything else for him. It's very exciting," said Alexis Wickline.

This coming weekend, Casey will already start racing for Team USA in Park City, and then he heads back to Lake Placid to train, to get ready for the World Cup in Europe.

His wife hasn't even seen him race in person, but she said she hopes to join him for part of that European tour.

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