Sylvan Lake’s Lyndon Rush will again pilot Canada 1 sled at the Olympics.
“A star-studded line-up of 16 medal-winning athletes” was announced by to the Canadian bobsleigh team by BobsleighCanadaSkeleton.
“Canada will be fronted by veteran bobsleigh Olympians with podium experience,” proclaimed the Olympics Canada website after Monday’s official announcement of the team that will compete in Sochi, Russia in February.
Bronze medal-winning pilot Rush will lead the 12 men on the team.
Rush will be joined by two of his three former bronze medal teammates, Dave Bissett and Lascelles Brown. They’ll be joined by Olympic competitor Neville Wright on Team Rush.
Chris Spring will pilot Canada 2. The team includes Olympic competitor Jesse Lumsden along with Olympic rookies Cody Sorenson and Ben Coakwell.
Spring competed at Vancouver 2010 for his native Australia.
Canada 3 will be piloted by Justin Kripps who was a brakeman at Vancouver 2010 before he learned to drive a sled. His team includes Tim Randall, James McNaughton and Bryan Barnett. While Randall and McNaughton are Olympic rookies, Barnett, a newcomer to bobsleigh from the world of athletics, competed at Beijing 2008 in the 200 metre race.
“On the men’s side of the maple leaf, competition is fierce,” said the Canadian Olympic site. “The big pushers are preparing for Sochi for both the four-man and two-man races. While the big sled has been a work in progress, Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden won a two-man bronze medal in Calgary this season.
“Canada’s bobsleigh athletes have a reputation for always bringing their A-game and I have no doubt that our new men’s and women’s Olympic teams will do just that,” said Marcel Aubut, president, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Congratulations to each and every one of our new bobsleigh Olympic team members. I have all confidence you will do Canada proud in Sochi.”
In two-man competition at Lake Placid last Friday, Rush and teammate Neville Wright placed ninth in a two-run time of 1:51.86 which was 1.39 seconds behind the winner.
A day later, Rush teamed up with Lascelles Brown for the second two-man event. The pair finished 13th with a time of 1:51.77 which was 1.58 seconds back of the leader.
Then on Sunday, Rush and his four man team failed to crack the top 20 list, finishing 21st on the first run with a time of 55.94 which was 0.97 seconds behind the leader. As a result they didn’t get a second run.
The first half of the World Cup season is now complete and athletes are heading home for the holiday season.