Two of Canada’s sprinters from past Olympic Games will trade in their track footwear for bobsleigh spikes at the 2018 Winter Games.
Two-time Olympic hurdler Phylicia George and 2012 London Olympian in the 4x100m Seyi Smith were officially named to Team Canada on Jan. 24 for the Pyeongchang Olympics. George and Smith act as brakeman, a role which requires a powerful start at the top of the banked iced track before braking at the finish.
The Winter Olympics, in South Korea, take place Feb. 9-25.
According to Team Canada, the 2018 team is the “largest Canadian contingent of bobsleigh and skeleton athletes ever to qualify for an Olympic Winter Games.” Both Smith and George bring explosive speed to the sport as Smith has a 100m legal lifetime best of 10.22 and George is an Olympic finalist with 12.65 100m hurdles credentials to her name.
“Heading back to my second Games!” Smith says via his Instagram page. “Will be a little colder and I’ll be moving a little faster this time. Results will be a little better too!” he says referring to the fact that Canada’s 4x100m squad was disqualified from its bronze medal position at the London Games.
The 2018 Winter Olympics mark George’s third trip to the pinnacle sporting event while Smith will don the Canadian kit at the Games for the second time.
“Proud and honored to announce that I’ve been named to my third Olympic Games,” George says per her Instagram post. “More then excited to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.”