Greg Rutherford’s hopes of making his Winter Olympics debut in bobsleigh take their toll after the 2012 London gold medalist confirmed a broken shoulder.
- Greg Rutherford has suffered from a persistent shoulder problem and is now out
- The former long jumper will now be out for a matter of weeks after a training injury.
- Rutherford hopes to make his debut at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
Greg Rutherford’s campaign to compete in the Winter Olympics has hit a snag after he fractured his shoulder.
The 2012 London long jump gold medalist was preparing to make his four-man bobsleigh debut in a World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria on Sunday.
With the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning in February, Rutherford’s progress had been described as “staggering” by his team, but a persistent shoulder problem has emerged in training, meaning the 35-year-old will be outcast.
Greg Rutherford has confirmed that a shoulder injury has sidelined him before a bobsleigh match
Former long jumper looking to compete for Team GB in bobsleigh event
The early diagnosis is that he will only be out for a matter of weeks, albeit at a crucial time in his conversion to a new sport.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘A bit of frustrating news. Unfortunately I will not compete this weekend.
“ Something on my shoulder has been giving me a little bit of joy for a while and on Saturday it reached a crescendo and now I have to get it reviewed and ranked.
‘It’s really annoying, it means I have to wait now to make my competition sled debut.
‘I have to be aware of these things, because fundamentally my goal is to go to the Olympics. I have to fix it, I have to get it right. ‘
Rutherford’s hopes of making it to the Winter Olympics have been hit by a shoulder injury.
Rutherford has made excellent progress since moving from the long jump to his new sport.