Bobsleigh men claim historic medal

15 December 2013

The GBR 1 four-man bobsleigh crew, piloted by John Jackson, are celebrating winning Britain’s first four-man World Cup medal for 16 years.

The crew of Jackson, Stu Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon took silver at the Lake Placid World Cup in the USA finishing just 0.07 seconds off the USA team, piloted by Vancouver 2010 Olympic champion Steve Holcomb.

Their remarkable performance was GB’s first World Cup podium finish in the four-man event since Sean Olsson piloted his bob to bronze at La Plagne in France in 1997.

Performance Director Gary Anderson said: “I am very pleased with the progress we are making. To be honest, this was all part of the plan and to achieve this result on one of the hardest tracks in the world shows we are on the right performance trajectory for Sochi.”

Paula Walker and Gillian Cooke finished 13th in the women’s World Cup race at Lake Placid, with Mica McNeill and Nikki McSweeney 18th and Victoria Olaoye and Sarah Adams 19th.

The British bobsleigh team have their headquarters at the University of Bath and do some of their training at the University. Further information about British bobsleigh is available from the Great Britain Bobsleigh team website.

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