Nathan Gilsleider

A native Oklahoman, Nathan grew up in Claremore and attended  Claremore Christian School  where he graduated in 2005 with scholarship offers in basketball, baseball and soccer. He attended Hesston Junior College on a baseball and basketball scholarship and transferred to Eastern Oklahoma State college the following year on a baseball scholarship. After a shoulder injury prematurely ended his baseball career, Nathan decided to attend Oklahoma State University. Despite never playing football, Nathan made the team as a walk-on and loved being a Cowboy for two years. He was fortunate to intern with the strength and conditioning program following football and then at Michael Johnson Performance in Texas

Following graduation from Oklahoma State in 2009, Nathan played a sesason of arena pro football for the Tulsa Defenders. In August 2014 he completed his first combine for the US Bobsled Team and placed 2nd in the nation without any formal training or sponsorship. After improving his initial combine scores in 2015, Nathan moved to Lake Placid to train full-time. There, he was named to a sled, as a rookie, and made the USA Bobsled National Team in October 2015.

In 2016, Nathan again made the National team, a huge honor. He and driver, Nick Cunningham, wrapped the ’16/’17 season up as National ChampionsThe off-season provided time with his family, work and more intense training. He’s now back at it, ramping up for the biggest season for him so far with the Olympics taking place in February 2018!

His goal, obviously, is to make the Winter Olympics held in South Korea. Truth is, these kinds of endeavors take more than just a dream from an athlete. It takes people like you, cheering him on and supporting him. It’s all of you that make this journey possible, and Nate is forever grateful!

If you’d like to contribute monetarily, click here to be directed to the Athlete Training Fund for a tax-deductible donation or here for his RallyMe page.



One thought on “Nathan Gilsleider

  1. Cayden McFarland

    Hi, my name is Cayden McFarland. I’m the Sports Director for KJRH TV in Tulsa, OK.

    With the Olympics approaching, we look forward to following Nathan and would love to set up an interview sometime before the games begin..

    I assume Nathan’s schedule will be pretty busy between now and then, but we should be able to set up something via Skype or FaceTime if an in-person interview can’t be arranged.

    You can contact me anytime at 505-290-7174 or

    Best of luck in the coming weeks, and Go Pokes!


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