we saw Pierre Leuders deflect from Canada to Russia (those that don't Pierre was pretty good, in fact a couple of Olympic medals good, he also coined the name 'GWH'- Great White Heath, for which he is probably better known in Australia), to coach the Russian team up until Sochi, for what ever reason it be, financial, those funny hats, Lada motor vehicles or his passion for fine Russian Vodka. From all of us Aussies, good luck, thanks for your 2 cents worth helping get me down the Canadian tracks safely, Its not every day someone gets to live the dream and get paid to do what they love. We certainly admire you for it.
We saw Derek Plug ( Bob team Spring brakeman) attempt to break 11seconds over the 100m here in Calgary, only to come up just shy at 11.05 in a valiant effort none the less.
Back home we saw Brakeman Lucas Mata rushed to hospital with a suspected ruptured appendix, which after a night of close observation from the nursing staff he has made a miraculous recovery, but will be on light duties for a few days just in case.
The biggest news of the week however came with the announcement, Australian women s bobsleigh team piloted by veteran of 2 Olympic games Astrid will be receiving substantial funding from the Olympic Winter institute of Australia (OWIA). Nice, congrats to Astrid and her team, it is fantastic to hear that some love is being shown by the OWIA and AOC for our very under supported sport. I have one question though.... Does anyone realize we have an Australian men's team? do you realize that our budget was smaller than anyone's on the circuit this year? we finished higher than any Australian team in the history of the sport and did that all because we compete for ourselves as a squad for the love of the spor. Regardless of funding, we will continue to compete and work our way up the rankings.
"Australia, What are you doing here?" (commonly heard by the German team as we enter the start house)