GB Bobsleigh ready for Olympic test event

GB Bobsleigh ready for Olympic test event
By Sportsbeat

17/03/2017 at 17:13Updated

The importance of this weekend's final World Cup event of the season in Pyeongchang is not lost on GB Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson.

Pyeongchang, South Korea, is not only the final destination for this season's World Cup but also for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

For this weekend's World Cup finale GB Bobsleigh have a pair of two-man crews in action – Bruce Tasker and Toby Olubi, as well as Brad Hall and Ben Simons.

Hall also pilots a four-man sled and will be joined by Greg Cackett, Tremayne Gilling and Sam Blanchet, with Lamin Deen leading another with Andrew Matthews, Simons and Mark Lewis-Francis making up his crew.

GB Bobsleigh won't feature in the women's competition on Saturday as pilot Mica McNeill continues to follow protocol in her recovery from concussion but Anderson insists it is all systems go regardless.

"This Olympic test event is part of an important process for us," said Anderson.

"We have had a lot of quality time here in South Korea over the past three weeks and that was necessary. It is not a part of the world we are used to competing in and we needed to experience the environment and see how individuals adapted and responded.

"We have learnt a lot about the track and our athletes have worked very hard in sometimes quite challenging situations.

"We have gathered some really important information, both on and off the track, and that will stand us in good stead ahead of returning here for the international training week in October.

"It's been a very long season – something that was to be expected a year out from the Games – but we go into this last race the same as any other, giving it our very best. That's all I can ask of anyone.

"As soon as we head home next week, everyone will need a well-earned break. But then the Olympic season starts in earnest and we already have a pre-season programme planned that we know will prepare our athletes well for the Olympic Games."

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