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British women raise the cash to compete

British women raise the cash to compete
By Reuters

31/10/2017 at 09:38Updated 31/10/2017 at 10:38

Two British women bobsledders have kept alive their dream of competing at next year's Pyeongchang Olympics by raising the money they need after being told there was only enough funding for the men.

Mica McNeill and team mate Mica Moore had appealed for £30,000 to get to February's Games in South Korea.

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The tally on their GoFundMe.com page had reached £32,575 by Tuesday, six days after being launched, with 574 people contributing.

McNeill said the 'overwhelming' support meant the pair, who won the world junior title in January, could now compete on the World Cup circuit, which they needed to do in order to qualify.

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas of Great Britain compete during the Women's Bobsleight first run of the BMW IBSF World Cup at Olympiabobbahn Igls on February 4, 2017 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas of Great Britain compete during the Women's Bobsleight first run of the BMW IBSF World Cup at Olympiabobbahn Igls on February 4, 2017 in Innsbruck, Austria.Getty Images

"We are powered by the people and it is them who will be pushing us down the track," the 24-year-old, a silver medallist at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics, told the BBC.

"I truly believe we will win an Olympic medal, whether it is in this cycle or the next. I am committed to Pyeongchang and the next Winter Olympics in Beijing and I am prepared to do what it takes to get there."

Women's bobsleigh was added to the Olympic programme at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and Britain has yet to win a medal in it.

The men have won four medals over the years, including two-man gold in 1964 and a four-man bronze in 1998.

Mica McNeill of Great Britain

Mica McNeill of Great BritainGetty Images

"I know that bobsleigh is an expensive sport but I just am really disappointed that it has come to this," McNeill had said last week when launching her initiative to overcome the funding problem.

"They (the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association) tried to tell us it was because we weren't medal potential but I said, 'You're funding three men's crews.'

"I said, 'Why don't you just be honest and say you're not funding us because there's no money?', and they said, 'Yes, it's because there's no money -- if there was we'd be funding you'."

The BBSA said last week that it was 'actively seeking commercial funding to further support our world class programme and we will continue to do so.'

Creighton's bid for bobsleigh team

Meanwhile, Donna Creighton is swapping skeleton for bobsleigh in her bid to reach the Winter Games in South Korea.

Creighton competed at six World Championships before retiring in April, and hopes to convert her experience from skeleton to bobsleigh.

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