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Lloyd Wallace

  If somewhere in Lloyd Wallace’s fledgling years a door was opened, it’s one he’s had his shoulder to ever since. It’s true that some sports are vocations not available in equal measure to the masses, only truly accessible to the privileged few. You could say the same of skiing (although in years gone by I can recall driving to the Alps because I couldn’t manage a beach holiday, financially).… Continue Reading Lloyd Wallace

Julia Dujmovits

It’s difficult to ask Julia Dujmovits about her recollection of the Kaprun Funicular Disaster. But for a chance spontaneous decision, the tragedy would have claimed the future Olympic Parallel Slalom champion’s life alongside the 149 others who died in the smoke and flames that day. Seveteen years ago in the pretty Austrian ski resort a defective heating unit started a fire in the ascending train of the funicular, rupturing the… Continue Reading Julia Dujmovits

Mica Moore

Dad was told by mother, goes the clunky classic by Sinatra, you can’t have one without the other. And so it goes with a bobsleigh pilot and her brakewoman. A partnership as enshrined as Iceman and Slider (and yes I dabbled with Maverick and Goose but their story didn’t end well, besides which the former pair was so aptly named for bobsleigh). So Having featured driver Mica McNeill here last… Continue Reading Mica Moore

Mica McNeill

Mica McNeill is the #1 driver in the GB women’s bobsleigh team and right now she’s preparing hard for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. We’re less than five months from the greatest sporting event on earth, a time when athletes the world over are battling for berths and striving to reach the zeniths of physical conditioning. Think of Mica’s preparations and you might envisage endless sprints, strength… Continue Reading Mica McNeill

Mercedes Nicoll

According to the US Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletes and sports competitors suffer more than 2000 recorded injuries per 10000 participants. That might sound like par for the course in the sporting world, but compare that to any other job and it becomes clear that as a professional sports person, you’re engaged in one of the most dangerous careers on the planet. Head back to my side of the pond… Continue Reading Mercedes Nicoll

Road to Rio: Part 6

    A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without one, you’ll never be enough with one. It’s alright, it’s only plagiarism if you fail to acknowledge your source. In this instance, for those who haven’t already cottoned on, those are the immortal words of John Candy’s character Irving Blitzer from the film Cool Runnings. And he’s saying this: an Olympic medal doesn’t form your personality.… Continue Reading Road to Rio: Part 6

Kelly Clark

  Achievers. By now we know the cut of their cloth and they share this simple mantra, or at least a variation of it: find something you love doing, and never stop doing it. Don’t give up at any point. Ever. Insuperable is nothing.  But I’ve noticed something else that’s laid down in the strata of successful types, an element that’s common to them all: the compulsion to share their success. I wanted… Continue Reading Kelly Clark

Jenna Prandini

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: our Road to Rio star Esther has been usurped.  Don’t be silly, Part 6 is coming soon but in the mean time I thought we’d hop across the Atlantic to see how the US contingent is coming along. Great Britain, Holland, USA, Trinidad and Tobago – you see, even though I’m a Brit no one can accuse me of Olympic bias. Or can they…?… Continue Reading Jenna Prandini

An Olympic Fashion Show

I remember my first gold medal winner. My first world record holder. First prisoner of war, first best-selling author. They were guests, targets if you want, I’d hoped to tick off during the passage of some unspecified time frame. The thing is, the things you plan and prepare for – sometimes they work out and other times they don’t. Come to think of it, it was professional dancer Gordana Grandosek-Whiddon… Continue Reading An Olympic Fashion Show

Road to Rio 5

249 days as I write this. 249 days until the start of the summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero next year. And what happened to that fleeting wedge of time that slipped by since London 2012? Time flies as they say. But if you’re an athlete with eyes on Olympic qualification it flicks by at light speed. So it is, I can but imagine, for Esther who must keep shaving… Continue Reading Road to Rio 5

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