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Greg Rutherford confirms shoulder injury affecting hopes of Winter Olympics debut

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.


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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

Rutherford will be out of action for a few weeks

Rutherford will be out of action for a few weeks

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

Former long jumper looking to compete for Team GB in bobsleigh event

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's hopes of making it to the Winter Olympics have been hit by a shoulder injury.

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.

Rutherford has made excellent progress since moving from the long jump to his new sport.

Rutherford has made excellent progress since moving from the long jump to his new sport.

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