Local skeleton racer headed to Olympics
John Fairbairn, of Canada, starts during the men's Skeleton World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Jan. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone/Arno Balzarini)
Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:09PM MST
A Calgary skeleton racer, who is ranked 5th in the world, will be joining Canada’s team in Sochi next month.
John Fairbairn says the opportunity to compete in the Olympics has always been a lifelong goal. “For that dream to now be a reality is very gratifying,” he said in a release. “Making the Olympic team was step one. Now the real work begins to ensure we are fully prepared to achieve excellence in Sochi.”
Earlier this month, Fairbairn became the fifth Canadian man to win a World Cup medal in skeleton since the sport made its Olympic debut in 2002.
He won bronze at the competition in Switzerland on January 12, the first man to crack the podium since Jon Montgomery won gold at Whistler in 2011.
His coach, Kim Cousins, has worked with him for 14 years in track and field and then in skeleton.
“I have seen John grow from a track athlete trying his best to make a provincial team to an Olympic athlete who can compete with the best in the world,” says Cousins. “It is a testament to setting goals and working tirelessly to achieve them.”