Nathan "Chip" Minton III (born June 9, 1969) is an American former bobsledder and former professional wrestler. He is best known for his participation in the Winter Olympics in 1994 and 1998, where he represented the United States' bobsleigh team. He is also known for his brief stint in World Championship Wrestling from 1998 to 1999.
After graduating from high school, Minton began working as a prison guard near his hometown of Macon in Georgia. During his time as a prison guard, he also worked as a bodybuilder before he began training for a career in bobsleigh after becoming interested in the sport due to seeing Herschel Walker's performance in the 1992 Winter Olympics. In addition to his bobsleigh training, Minton also began training at World Championship Wrestling's Power Plant wrestling school for a career in professional wrestling.
|1997 St. Moritz||Four-man|
While still working as a prison guard, Minton was invited to an Olympic bobsleigh training camp in 1993 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during which time he crashed twice. After completing his training, Minton participated in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he and Jim Herberich finished fourteenth overall in the two-man event. Following the Olympics, Minton quit his job as a prison guard in order to fully concentrate on his careers as a bobsledder and professional wrestler. At the 1997 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz, Minton was successful in winning the bronze medal in the four-man event alongside Brian Shimer, Randy Jones, and Robert Olesen. Following his unsuccessful run in the previous Winter Olympics, Minton gained the best finish of his Olympic career as he, Shimer, Jones and Garreth Hines finished in fifth overall in the four-man event at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
|Birth name||Nathan Minton III|
|Born||June 9, 1969|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mr. World Class|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||246 lb (112 kg)|
|Billed from||Macon, Georgia|
|Trained by||WCW Power Plant|
|Debut||January 1, 1994|
|Retired||July 9, 1999|
Prior to his appearance at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Minton began training as a wrestler on January 1, 1994. Although he had yet to make his in-ring debut, his training enabled him to support his family. On June 10, 1995, Minton made his in-ring debut under the ring name Mr. World Class, where he teamed with Gorgeous George III, Maxx Muscle, and The Gambler to defeat David Haskins, King Cobra, Scott Studd, and Super Mario in an eight-man tag team match for the United States Wrestling Association. Following this, he took a year-long hiatus before returning to make his World Championship Wrestling debut as Chip Minton on the July 10, 1996 episode of WorldWide, where he lost to Big Bubba. Minton then took another hiatus from wrestling in order to focus on the 1997 FIBT World Championships before returning on the October 20, 1998 episode of Saturday Night, where he defeated Lenny Lane. On November 22, Minton made his pay-per-view debut at World War 3, where he competed in the eponymous battle royal for a match for the World Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful as Kevin Nash ultimately won the match. Beginning in 1999, Minton continued wrestling sporadically on WCW's lower shows Saturday Night and WorldWide as well as on house shows before wrestling his final match on July 9, 1999, where he and Kenny Kaos wrestled to a draw at a house show.
- "Cagematch profile".
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- "Bobsleigh Fours Olympic Games 1998 Nagano (JPN) - Saturday 21.02".
- "Bobbing and weaving Bobsledder: Chip Minton, a member of the U.S. team, is a bit of a loudmouth, which is unusual for this sport, but not for his other -- professional wrestling".
- "5 Yrs Ago: WCW News - Attempt made to set Nitro rating record".
- "FOR THIS OLYMPIAN, PATH TO GLORY NOT ALWAYS EASY SLEDDING".
- "Team Impact's roster".
- "Cagematch match listings".
- "Career debut".
- "WCW Saturday Night report on October 31, 1998".
- "World War 3 report on November 22, 1998".
- "Strap On, Strap Off - This Week in History, WW3 Remembered".
- Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930
- 1994 bobsleigh two-man results
- 1998 bobsleigh preview on the Spiral bobsleigh track
- 1998 bobsleigh four-man results
- 1998 U.S. Winter Olympic team roster extremes featuring Minton - Accessed September 9, 2007.
- List of 1999 WCW matches featuring Minton
- List of professional wrestling moves featuring Minton.
- Longman, Jere. "Shimer Looks to Lift Cloud of Suspicion". New York Times. February 5, 1998. - Accessed September 9, 2007. Features Minton's former profession.
- Team Impact news of Minton's joining of the organization.