KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn first became a Sochi social media Olympic star. Now he's a multimedia star.
And the men's bobsled competition hasn't even started.
On Feb. 8, Quinn, who is from McKinney, Texas, tweeted a photo of a bathroom door he busted through when he became trapped inside and no one responded to his pleas for help.
His fame has risen. On the day before his tweet went viral, he had 14,751 followers on Twitter. As of Wednesday afternoon, he had 25,220 followers.
"I knew when I posted that photo I'd probably get a couple of retweets, a couple of funny comments. But nothing to the extent of what has happened the past three days," Quinn said.
He has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC, and that was before he got stuck (just briefly) in an elevator in the athletes' village. William Shatner and Gilbert Gottfried tweeted messages to him.
USA TODAY Sports spent some time with Quinn after he worked out in the weight room in the start house at the Sanki Sliding Center.
10 things to know about Quinn
1. Quinn played college football and in the CFL, and he signed with two NFL teams. He starred at North Texas and holds school records for career receiving yards. He had preseason stints with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. "When you're with a team, it's guys made up of different personalities, different backgrounds, and it the cool thing is, everybody comes together for one goal," Quinn said.
He also ran track at North Texas.
2. Quinn is the founder and CEO of The Athlete Watch, a web site where high school athletes can showcase their skills for college coaches. "I had such a tough time getting recruited," Quinn said. "As a family we were confused because I led the state in receptions. We were told if you score all the touchdowns and make all the plays, you're going to get scholarships. I found a Division I scholarship two days before signing day. It left an impression on me. I can't hope for a scholarship. I have to go out and find it."
3. He made a video of his workout and sent it to a bobsled coach. ""My professional football career did not go the way I wanted it to, "Quinn said. "When professional football was over for me, I still wanted to compete."
Quinn's agent is also the agent for U.S. bobsled coach Todd Hays, who was still competing in 2010. "I found out they were looking for guys with football and track backgrounds," Quinn said. "Some of the attributes I had from football looked like they would carry over to bobsled. My agent said, 'Just go push a bobsled around and see if you like it.' "
4. On May 3, Quinn and his fiancée, Amanda Hall, will marry. "I met my fiancée three weeks before I started my bobsled career," Quinn said. "We joke about it. For the first six months of our relationship, I was gone five of them. We learned early on how to communicate."
His wedding responsibility? "I'm in charge of the groom's cake," Quinn said. "It's going to be the Olympic rings."
5. He loves to read and is into a C.S. Lewis book at the Olympics. He also enjoys golf. "My problem is, I try to hit the ball too hard every time," Quinn said. "I just want to crush it. But I like the challenge."
6. He enjoys watching movies and TV shows with his fiancée. Their couples show? "The first show we started watching together was The Menatlist," Quinn. "We enjoy thinking we can solve the crimes."
7. The first time he got stuck trapped somewhere? "Here, three days ago," Quinn said.
8. In the offseason, Quinn takes MBA classes at DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management and raises money for his Olympic career. "With Olympics sports in the U.S., they're all self-funded," he said. "So the biggest challenge is figuring out a way to fund a year."
9. His brother, Daniel Quinn, was a long jumper and triple jumper at Arkansas, crossing paths with world-class sprinters Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon.
10. In college, Quinn played the video game Halo competitively. "I went to national Halo tournament and placed top 16," he said.