U.S. Bobsled Team visits Ravens

The U.S. Olympic bobsled team stopped by Ravens headquarters Wednesday for a tour and a little show-and-tell.

Steve Mesler presented his gold medal to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who then proudly put it around his neck.


"It was so cool to see the look in his face when I first handed him the medal," Mesler said.

Harbaugh can appreciate the team's accomplishments because he met some members before they headed to Vancouver.


Simon Timson, who is the head of science and medicine at the England and Wales Cricket Board, spent some time last season with the Ravens and got Harbaugh connected with the bobsled team.

A week before the bobsled team left for the Olympics, Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron gave the team a motivational talk. Harbaugh spoke about how he visited the troops in Iraq and what it means to wear a uniform.

"We take great pride in the Ravens uniform because it's about teamwork, brotherhood and camaraderie," Harbaugh said. "I told them, 'Your uniform is going to say U-S-A across the front,' and how meaningful that is."

When Harbaugh and Cameron visited the team in Utah, they also had a chance to take a ride in the same sled with which the U.S. four-man team eventually won a gold medal.

"I've never been on a rocket ship, but it sure felt like one," Cameron said.

Said Harbaugh: "After turn three, it felt like dropping off the side of a cliff. [The sled] shakes like crazy. It's really violent. All you can think about is, 'God, please let this be over with.' "

Harbaugh added, "But we made a deal where we weren't going to whine, cry or scream."

On Wednesday, about a dozen members of the team toured Ravens headquarters before they went to meet the president at the White House. They took pictures with players. They threw the football around at the team's indoor facility while wearing their medals. One even grabbed an old shoe from Demetrius Williams and had the wide receiver autograph it.


"This is an amazing experience to be able to see what it's like for professional athletes compared to being an Olympic athlete," said Elaina Meyers, who won the bronze medal in the two-woman bobsled. "It's a pretty different lifestyle and different training."