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Jamaican-born bobsleigher makes history with Canada

25 Feb 2006
Turin 2006, Bobsleigh, Olympic News, Canada, Jamaica

Canada may have lost out to Germany in the two-man bobsleigh, but there was a slice of history in their defeat. Lascelles Brown, the Canadian brakeman, had been born in Jamaica and became the first Jamaican-born athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games.

Brown was part of the Jamaican bobsleigh team for a decade from 1994, and competed for Jamaica at the 2002 Games. His sled set the record for the fastest start, but could finish only 28thoverall.

Brown was training in Calgary, in Canada, where he met and then married a local woman. In 2005, he took on Canadian citizenship and competed for his new nation at the 2006 Games.

By then, he was already considered an outstanding brakeman and he was partnered with Pierre Lueders in the Canadian two-and four-man teams.

The two-man competition was first up, and seemed to offer the team their best chance of a medal. The first run was a disappointment, with Lueders and Brown just fifth fastest, but they made up for that in the second run by topping the time sheet to end the first day just 0.06secs behind the leading Germans.

The third run was critical, with the Germans again edging out the Canadians for the fastest time, and there was to be no mistake from the Germans in the final run as they sealed victory. But Lueders and Brown completed a set of fast, trouble-free runs to confirm second place, and to take an outstanding silver medal.

There was to be no repeat in the four-man competition, which would see the Canadians just miss out on a medal as they finished in fourth position, just 0.09secs off the podium.

Lueders retired after the 2010 Games, during which he piloted the Canada-2 sled. Brown, who was in Canada-1, picked up another medal, this time bronze, in the  four-man bobsleigh. 

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