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Finally time for Bobsleigh 4-man to shine

23 February 2018

BOBSLEIGH: After standing on the sidelines for 14 days of Olympic competition, the Aussie bobsleigh crew will finally get their chance to shine tomorrow as the 4-man event kicks off at the Alpensia Sliding Center.

For pilot Lucas Mata the final two days of competition mean double the excitement "as we have double the people in the sled."

"It’s going to be an awesome last 2 days of the Games and I cannot wait to fire it up with the boys," Mata said. 

The 29-year-old said the training runs had be mostly positive, despite a crash on run 4. 

"Training has been great, we had a mishap on run 4 of training but it’s all part of the process.

"We have start number 4 tomorrow so we are stoked to be off early to take advantage of the amazing ice.

"Once we are on the line tomorrow and hear all Aussie cheers it’s going to take us to the next level."

Brakeman Lachlan Reidy said the track felt familiar now after six official training runs throughout the week.

“The 4 man runs have felt good, we are becoming more and more comfortable on the track,” Reidy said.

“Every day we are pushing more consistent and improved drives from our pilot Lucas.”

Reidy will make his Olympic debut tomorrow alongside fellow brakemen at their first Games, David Mari and Hayden Smith.

“I am looking forward to competing very much. It is a culmination of a huge dream, a leap of faith and a lot of intense training.”

Reidy said that the reality of the Olympic Games was extremely humbling.

“I am honoured to share my Olympic debut with the men that are next to me, as we have been tested and trialled over and over. I am proud of our resilience and I am ready to get after it with them tomorrow.”

2018 Closing Ceremony Flagbearer, Jarryd Hughes said he was pumped that the quartet were finally getting a chance to race and that a number of fellow Aussies would be at the start line ready to cheer on the boys.

“The bobsleigh boys are the heart and soul of Team at these Games,” the snowboard cross silver medallist said.

“I think the whole Team will be out there supported them tomorrow morning, the way they all supported us in our events – it’s awesome."

Reidy said that the support the crew has received has been tremendous and that the excitement of loved ones from Australia and Canada continues to push the boys to achieve their best result.

“A personal goal of mine for my Olympic debut was to be as involved within the team as much as possible to share their successes and to now have that reciprocated by our team mates is something really special,” Reidy said.

“We can feel the love and will give it our all for our extended families, friends and our team mates. It is remarkable, the greater Australian community is really barracking for us and it is an honour to be representing them.”

The Australian four-man bobsleigh crew will take to the track at 9:30am tomorrow and will be the fourth sled to race.

The Aussies are chasing a top 20 finish, which would equal Australia’s best ever result from the 1994 Lillehammer Games.

Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au

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