Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Trapped in Sochi bathroom, bobsledder punches hole in door

By Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 1:54 PM EST, Mon February 10, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • His neighbors and bobsled teammates did not hear his loud bangs for help
  • The 6-foot, 220-pound sportsman is familiar with speed and quick movements
  • The former football player also ran track in college

(CNN) -- American bobsledder Johnny Quinn is the Olympics' version of the Incredible Hulk. Or something like that.

Quinn was in his bathroom in Russia's Olympic Village in Sochi when the door jammed Saturday.

What's a former football player to do to free himself? Smash down the door with swift, hard punches. Then take a picture of the ruins and post it on social media.

His neighbors and bobsled teammates did not hear his cries -- or rather loud bangs -- for help, he said.

"I was sitting there, banging on random parts of the wall, seeing if I could catch someone's attention," he said. "And as I'm banging on random parts, going around the bathroom, I kind of hit the door and it cracks. And so I go a little bit harder, and my fist goes through the door."

The 6-foot, 220-pound sportsman is familiar with speed and quick movements. A former football player for the Green Bay Packers, the 30-year-old also ran track at his alma mater, the University of North Texas in Denton.

But it's his bobsled push training that came in handy during the break out, he said.

Quinn and his teammates compete February 16.

CNN's Rachel Nichols contributed to this report

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 12:05 PM EST, Mon February 24, 2014
With the Olympic cauldron now extinguished, CNN takes a look at whether Russia's $50 billion Sochi budget was money well spent.
updated 9:40 AM EST, Mon February 24, 2014
The athletes on show in Sochi provided moments of drama and destiny that captured the imagination and settled in the collective memory.
updated 11:15 AM EST, Mon February 24, 2014
Russia may have topped the medals table at the first Winter Olympics it staged, but which country was most successful per capita?
updated 11:48 AM EST, Mon February 24, 2014
From eye-popping helmet designs to F1-influenced bobsleigh, the Sochi offered a bewildering array of technological innovation.
updated 6:46 AM EST, Mon February 24, 2014
Sochi's closing ceremony took an artistic look at Russian culture before the Olympic flag was handed over to South Korea for the 2018 Games.
updated 1:57 PM EST, Sun February 23, 2014
Critics say it would have been cheaper to coat this Russian road with caviar but will the route made for Sochi reap long-term rewards?
updated 7:06 AM EST, Tue February 18, 2014
Navigate your way around this spectacular 360-degree picture from Sochi's ski-jumping venue at the Winter Olympics -- and find out how it was created.
updated 5:45 AM EST, Tue February 18, 2014
Sochi's transformation has left even the local cab drivers a bit lost and confused -- but don't let that put you off visiting this rejuvenated Black Sea resort.
updated 12:59 PM EST, Fri February 14, 2014
Australia's silver medalist Torah Bright celebrates during the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014.
What do you get if you mix Valentine's Day, thousands of good-looking young Olympians and a popular online dating app?
updated 7:11 AM EST, Fri February 14, 2014
For a Winter Olympics, there are some very colorful characters from some very tropical climates taking part -- including this "Mariachi" skier.
updated 6:03 AM EST, Fri February 14, 2014
If snowboarders were an introduction to a younger, hipper, "slacker" generation of Olympians, the next wave has taken it to another level.
updated 4:03 PM EST, Thu February 13, 2014
He didn't like carpets, he banned portraits and he walked in water rather than swim. Welcome to Joseph Stalin's dacha.
updated 6:19 PM EST, Thu February 13, 2014
ebanon's Jackie Chamoun skis during the Women's Giant slalom first run at the 2013 Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 14, 2013.
Like most skiers in Sochi, Jacky Chamoun had hoped to cause a stir on the slopes rather than off them.
updated 5:14 AM EST, Wed February 12, 2014
A prop from the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
It has been dubbed Russia's Las Vegas. But has Sochi's massive renovation come at a cost to the region's stunning natural environment?
updated 12:33 PM EST, Sun February 23, 2014
Take a different look at Sochi 2014 as CNN showcases the most compelling images from the world's best photographers.
ADVERTISEMENT