Ready to sleigh them

AFTER an almost perfect preparation, Coast product Chris Spring will accept nothing less than a medal at next month's Winter Olympics in Russia.

The 29-year-old will represent Canada in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh after relocating from Caloundra to Calgary in 2010 to pursue his dreams.

Now that he's close to realising them, he doesn't want to miss the chance.

"For sure I expect to win a medal," he said.

"The Canadian bobsleigh team has a rich history of winning medals at world championships or Olympic Games and this Olympics is no different.

"As the pilot of the country's number one ranked sled, I am expected to bring home a medal and anything short of that will be disappointing for me and for Canada. But I know that if my team and I execute to the best of our abilities, then we will be successful, it's just a matter of doing it on the day."

Canada's four-man crew is currently ranked third in the world after placing in the top five during the first three World Cup races this season, while the two-man team is ranked eighth.

They are expected to face threats from all three German teams, the top-ranked American sled and the top-ranked Swiss and Latvian sleds, among others.

"THE field is very deep and whoever can step it up on the day will be the ones bringing home the hardware," Spring said.

Spring and his team-mates have become familiar with the Sliding Centre Sanki, which is 1215m above sea level and 60km north-east of host city Sochi, among the Games' designated "Mountain Cluster" of venues for alpine events.

"The track is awesome and unique with its own personality," Spring said.

"It is a technically challenging track where mistakes will cost you a lot of time. In a nutshell, the track is easy to make it down, but very difficult to find the speed to be the fastest to the bottom."

Spring represented Australia in 2010, finishing 22nd in the two-man event, but switched to Canada to further his medal claims.

Spring still has a strong sense of connection with the Sunshine Coast.

"From lazy days at Kings Beach to climbing Mount Coolum, the Coast will always be a huge part of me and I hope to one day be home on the Coast again."



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