Bobsleigh http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25360/all en Bobsleigh-Pickering swaps track for ice in shot at Winter Games http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/bobsleigh-pickering-swaps-track-ice-shot-at-winter-games <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Former British sprinter Craig Pickering is set to make his bobsleigh debut on Saturday as he starts his bid to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.</p> <p>Pickering will compete as a brakeman in the two-man bob at the World Cup in Konigssee, Germany having pushed a bobsleigh on ice for the first time this week.</p> <p>The 26-year-old missed the London Olympics last year following back surgery and has switched his attention to bobsleigh after losing his UK Athletics funding in October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/bobsleigh-pickering-swaps-track-ice-shot-at-winter-games" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Craig Pickering Olympic sports Sports Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:15:31 +0000 5733104 at http://www.globalpost.com The real life Cool Runnings: British sprinter hailed as possible bobsledder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/interview-bobsleigh-talented-pickering-can-thrive-ice-team-head Former sprinter Craig Pickering was hailed as a potential star of bobsleigh by Britain's performance director on Thursday after being selected for the world championships, two months after taking up the sport.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/interview-bobsleigh-talented-pickering-can-thrive-ice-team-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Craig Pickering Sledding Sports United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:45:00 +0000 5735625 at http://www.globalpost.com Bobsleigh: Jones cheque remark rebounds on her http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/bobsleigh-jones-cheque-remark-rebounds-her <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US hurdles star Lolo Jones, bidding to reach the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the bobsleigh, has annoyed many of her rivals with a video complaining about her small cheque for her season so far.</p> <p>In the Vine video, Jones mocks the $741.84 cheque from the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation based on results, saying, "I'm going to be late on my rent this month," after receiving that sum for seven months of bobsled competition.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/bobsleigh-jones-cheque-remark-rebounds-her" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Business Labor Sports Steven Holcomb AFP Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:00:45 +0000 5860588 at http://www.globalpost.com A Tokyo district's uphill quest for the perfect bobsleigh http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131204/tokyo-districts-uphill-quest-the-perfect-bobsleigh <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Takashi Umekawa</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - At the end of November, Satoshi Kosugi got terrible news: the bobsleigh he and a group of Tokyo manufacturers had spent two years building for the Sochi Olympics would not be used by the Japanese national team.</p> <p>Japan has sent bobsledders to the Winter Olympics before but due to budget constraints they had always raced in used, foreign-made sleighs that didn't fit Japanese athletes properly.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131204/tokyo-districts-uphill-quest-the-perfect-bobsleigh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Politics Sledding Sports Thomson Reuters Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:50:04 +0000 6008528 at http://www.globalpost.com Bobsleigh-Hurdle queen turns medal dreams to ice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140109/hurdle-queen-turns-medal-dreams-ice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Justin Palmer</p> <p>(Reuters) - Track and field star Lolo Jones is the most high-profile crossover athlete to try her hand at winter sports since former NFL running back Herschel Walker took off his shoulder pads and climbed into a bobsled.</p> <p>The American, best known for throwing away the chance of Olympic gold with the 100 meters hurdles crown at her mercy in Beijing in 2008, has again put her track career on the back burner in the winter months in a bid to make it to the Sochi Games.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140109/hurdle-queen-turns-medal-dreams-ice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sledding Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:47:32 +0000 6039093 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Jamaica seek cash to fund 'Cool Runnings 2' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/olympics-jamaica-seek-cash-fund-cool-runnings-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jamaica's bobsleigh team are on the verge of making the Sochi Olympics, but admitted they may need $80,000 (59,000 euros) to fund a dream that once inspired a Hollywood movie.</p> <p>The sun-kissed Caribbean country, where average temperatures hit a sultry 28 degrees, hope to have their two-man bob confirmed in the Winter Olympics line-up on Monday by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/olympics-jamaica-seek-cash-fund-cool-runnings-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Winter sports AFP Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:46:48 +0000 6047398 at http://www.globalpost.com Athletics: Jones, Williams named US bobsled Olympians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/athletics-jones-williams-named-us-bobsled-olympians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US athletics stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams were among 15 people named Sunday to the American bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Winter Olympics.</p> <p>Both will serve as sled pushers on the US Olympic women's squad and they will be only the ninth and 10th Americans to serve as Winter and Summer Olympians.</p> <p>Jones will make another attempt at the Olympic medal podium that eluded her at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics as a hurdler while Williams has won two medals, one of them gold.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/athletics-jones-williams-named-us-bobsled-olympians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Winter Olympic Games AFP Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:32:34 +0000 6047464 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Jamaica seek cash to fund 'Cool Runnings 2' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/olympics-jamaica-seek-cash-fund-cool-runnings-2-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jamaica's bobsleigh team are on the verge of making the Sochi Olympics, but admitted they may need $80,000 (59,000 euros) to fund a dream that once inspired a Hollywood movie.</p> <p>The sun-kissed Caribbean country, where average temperatures hit a sultry 28 degrees, hope to have their two-man bob confirmed in the Winter Olympics line-up on Monday by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/olympics-jamaica-seek-cash-fund-cool-runnings-2-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Winter sports AFP Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:05:48 +0000 6047496 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Jamaica bobsleigh team Sochi-bound http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140120/olympics-jamaica-bobsleigh-team-sochi-bound <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jamaica's bobsleigh team have been given the nod to compete in the Sochi Olympics, their national Olympic Association (JOA) confirmed on Monday.</p> <p>It will be the third Winter Games for a team from the sun-drenched Caribbean island who first qualified in 1988 for Calgary, an achievement that later inspired the movie "Cool Runnings."</p> <p>They last competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.</p> <p>Driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon will compete in the two-man bob in the 32-team competition on February 19 and 20.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140120/olympics-jamaica-bobsleigh-team-sochi-bound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Human Interest Olympic sports Sports AFP Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:16:54 +0000 6048255 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: US driver backs controversial bobsleigh selection http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140125/olympics-us-driver-backs-controversial-bobsleigh-selection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Top US women's bobsleigh driver Elana Meyers has voiced support for her Sochi Olympic team-mates amid criticism of the selection of ex-hurdler and bobsleigh arriviste Lolo Jones.</p> <p>In a Facebook posting on Friday, Meyers didn't mention anyone by name, but said the US bobsleigh officials properly based their decisions on performance measurements.</p> <p>"The three athletes that were chosen for the Olympic team were chosen because of the numbers they have put up this season," she said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140125/olympics-us-driver-backs-controversial-bobsleigh-selection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Emily Azevedo Sports AFP Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:46:14 +0000 6053095 at http://www.globalpost.com Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140206/bolt-bobsleigh-call-me-says-jamaican-watts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Justin Palmer</p> <p>ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the icing on the cake.</p> <p>"Usain is a busy guy - he doesn't have my number. If a text comes in it will be a surprise. I'd love to know that he is behind us," two-man pilot Watts told reporters after their first unofficial practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140206/bolt-bobsleigh-call-me-says-jamaican-watts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Usain Bolt Winston Watts Thomson Reuters Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:19:27 +0000 6063194 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Rockin', rollin, reggae as bobsleigh starts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/olympics-rockin-rollin-reggae-bobsleigh-starts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Defending champions Germany and the United States are favourites in the Olympic two-man bobsleigh, but it's rag-to-riches Jamaica, powered to Sochi by a global fundraising campaign, who will capture the imagination.</p> <p>Training on Thursday should see a battle for early supremacy between German pilot Maximilian Arndt and US rival Steven Holcomb.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/olympics-rockin-rollin-reggae-bobsleigh-starts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Steven Holcomb Technology AFP Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:18:42 +0000 6068074 at http://www.globalpost.com American Meyers unscathed after training crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140214/american-meyers-unscathed-after-training-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Justin Palmer</p> <p>ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - USA-1 driver Elana Meyers, among the favorites to win women's Olympic bobsleigh gold, emerged unscathed after crashing on her first official training run at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Friday.</p> <p>Meyers and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling toppled close to the end of their first run but still managed to clock the third fastest time in heat two.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140214/american-meyers-unscathed-after-training-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sledding Sports Thomson Reuters Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:11:35 +0000 6070580 at http://www.globalpost.com Small-town US mayor recalls Jamaica's bobsleigh roots http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/small-town-us-mayor-recalls-jamaicas-bobsleigh-roots <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When storied Jamaica returns to the Olympic bobsleigh run this weekend, few will be watching more closely than a small-town mayor in northern Virginia.</p> <p>It was George Fitch who came up with the unlikely idea of the Caribbean island nation vying for glory and gold at the Winter Olympics, and he's rightly proud of the outcome.</p> <p>"I guess you could describe it as a challenge," recalled Fitch, 65, this week in Warrenton, a picturesque rural community of 9,000 where he is winding up his fourth and last term as mayor.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/small-town-us-mayor-recalls-jamaicas-bobsleigh-roots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh George Fitch Sports Winter sports AFP Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:18:18 +0000 6070627 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: London long jump champ Rutherford targets winter Games http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/olympics-london-long-jump-champ-rutherford-targets-winter-games <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford wants to follow his London 2012 success by becoming only the second athlete to be crowned a champion in two different sports at both the Summer and Winter Games.</p> <p>Rutherford is considering competing in either the bobsleigh or skeleton events at the Winter Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea, in four years' time.</p> <p>However, in an interview on the website of Britain's Guardian newspaper on Friday, Rutherford stressed he wanted to continue as a long jumper as well.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/olympics-london-long-jump-champ-rutherford-targets-winter-games" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobsleigh Sports Technology Winter sports AFP Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:01:51 +0000 6070858 at http://www.globalpost.com