MY STORY – Life after the Olympics: A lesson in sports and business

Go with your gut. If you think you can do it, go for it. Go all out. Don’t do it half, either go all in or don’t try. Just go all out and follow your dreams.
— David Entwistle, 2-time Olympian

Born in Maryland and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, David Entwistle has experienced much in his 49 years. While attending the University of New Orleans, Entwistle decided to leave before graduating, in order to get an opportunity to run a restaurant. This venture led to a 20-year-long career for him in the food industry, owning a food service business, grocery stores, and a wholesale foods company. Having been a successful hurdler in college — known for his athleticism — he was recruited to join the U.S. Virgin Islands bobsled team as the brakeman at the age of 24. Entwistle went on to compete in two Winter Olympic Games with the team: the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France and in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Afterwards, he continued working in the food industry until 2003, when he sold his companies and returned to Maryland with his family. Though he continued to work in the food industry in the states, he realized that he could not work for others and found success again with his own company, Pirtek, where he works with company president, Morgan Arundel. Entwistle and Arundel talked to the DC Spotlight Newspaper about what he learned as an Olympian and how those lessons aid them today in running the Pirtek company in Rockville, Maryland.

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