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Team GB bobsleigh rider Lamin Deen ‘amazed’ by Greg Rutherford’s progress

Team GB bobsleigh rider Lamin Deen ‘in awe’ by Greg Rutherford’s progress after the 2012 London long jump champion switched sports in a bid for winter Olympic glory

  • Greg Rutherford has changed sports and has made rapid progress on the ice.
  • He is part of Lamin Deen’s group looking to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
  • Team GB bobsleigh rider has been amazed by Rutherford’s progress


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London 2012 long jump champion Greg Rutherford’s attempt to join the British bobsleigh team is not a publicity stunt, according to the man prepared to sled at the Winter Olympics next February.

Rutherford switched sports at the age of 34 and has made rapid progress on the ice.

He has been selected for Lamin Deen’s group, which is fighting for the four-man bobsleigh qualification.

Greg Rutherford has switched sports at the age of 34 and has made rapid progress on the ice.

Greg Rutherford has switched sports at the age of 34 and has made rapid progress on the ice.

And Deen says he’s been surprised by Rutherford’s progress. “ At first, I had doubts in the time frame that I could do it, not just physically, but everything that goes with it, ” he said.

Greg got to work with the trainers and within a week learned to act on a two-person sled. I was stunned! Usually four or five sessions are needed. In the first session he succeeded and continued to improve. I thought, “Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“People thought it was a publicity stunt, but it is not. Having someone who has accomplished so much inspires even veterans. ‘

Meanwhile, Team GB Mission Chef Georgie Harland is confident that they will travel with a fully vaccinated group and avoid a 21-day quarantine. “Most of those on the long list are vaccinated and I have full confidence,” he said.

Rutherford has been selected for Lamin Deen's group in an attempt to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

Rutherford has been selected for Lamin Deen's group in an attempt to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

Rutherford has been selected for Lamin Deen’s group in an attempt to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

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