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Veteran's Day speaker an Olympian

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest speaker Karlos Kirby is pictured assisting Cherokee VFW member Richard Waterbury raising the flag on Friday as part of this year's Veteran's Day program held at Cherokee Roosevelt Elementary School.
On Friday, Iowa native Karlos Kirby was the Veteran's Day guest speaker for all three Cherokee schools. Kirby shared with the students his experiences in the Navy Reserve and educated the students on the meaning of Veteran's Day

In 1992, Kirby became the first athlete from the state of Iowa to ever compete in an Olympic Winter Games. Always a childhood dream for Kirby, he gave up a full football scholarship his freshman year in college to travel to Lake Placid, New York and tryout for the U.S. Bobsled Team.

After joining the team in 1988, the Des Moines native quickly established himself as one of the premier U.S. Bobsled push athletes. A five-time National Champion, three-time medalist in the World Championships, overall World Cup Champion, and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team (Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994), Kirby has proven himself as one of the world's best bobsledders.

Now retired from the sport of bobsled, Kirby enjoys making a difference as a Firefighter and Paramedic for the city of Des Moines. In addition to his full-time duties as a firefighter, Kirby spends an active amount of time as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Recently, Kirby returned from 12 months of active duty in Afghanistan where he served as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

When not working, Kirby has spent his spare time volunteering with local and national organizations. With a focus on youth, Kirby has done volunteering with local and national organizations.

With a focus on youth, Kirby has done volunteer work with the Special Olympics, the Junior Olympics and been an active member of the United States Olympic Committee and The American Lung Association of Iowa.

Over the past decade, Kirby has delivered his inspirational message to thousands of kids throughout Iowa.

A strong advocated for education, Kirby has continued to strive toward higher education. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Kirby earned both a Bachelor and Masters Degree from UNM and an Educational Specialist Degree from Drake University

Kirby lives in Iowa with his wife and their three dogs.

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