US bobsledder Johnny Quinn shot to fame days before the bobsled competition got underway in the Sochi Olympics by smashing his way through a jammed bathroom door in his Krasnaya Polyana hotel. The escape earned him thousands of new fans and added a torrent of media interviews to his already-busy schedule in the run-up to bobsledding events this weekend.
Quinn posted a photo of the still-locked door with a gaping hole through it on Twitter on Feb. 8. “With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out,” he wrote.
In the week that followed, his post has been re-tweeted almost 30,000 times, earning Quinn such humorous monikers as the Games’ biggest “breakout” star and the “Twitter darling of the Sochi Olympics” – as well as an invitation to train with a Texas-based SWAT team.
To be fair, the door appeared to have never been a match for Quinn’s brawn in the first place. From what one can tell from Quinn’s picture, it appears to be made of corrugated cardboard covered by thin paper-like panels.