Door-busting Olympian Johnny Quinn to train with SWAT team
After smashing through a locked door at the Sochi Olympics, U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn is ready to take it up a notch by accepting an invitation to train with a SWAT team in his old college town in Texas.
Quinn gained social media fame on Feb. 8 when he tweeted out a photo of a door with a hole in it, saying he used his bobsled training to break out after being locked in his hotel bathroom. Officer Ryan Grelle, who handles media relations for the Denton (Texas) Police Department, saw the photo and reached out to Quinn via Twitter with an offer to be a "door slammer."
Grelle said he followed it up with a private message from his personal Facebook account to Quinn's page on Monday. By Tuesday, he got a reply from Quinn's agent that Quinn would love to do it. They are currently working out a date when he will join the team following the Games.
"He went to college at the University of North Texas here in Denton, so we thought it would be a fun thing for a hometown boy, even though he lives in McKinney (Texas) now, to come back, have some fun with us and carry it a little farther,'' Grelle told TODAY.com.
The department, which does SWAT training every Wednesday, is hoping to teach Quinn the correct way to smash through a locked door using a breaching ram instead of his shoulder.
"Knowing him, he may not need the breaching ram,'' Grelle said. "We're looking forward to it. We are rooting for him and Team USA and hope they bring home a medal and just have a great experience over there."