Greg Rutherford on the red carpet.
Renowned Briton Greg Rutherford, the 2012 Olympic long jump champion who recently competed in bobsleigh, has failed to qualify for the quadruple event for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The 35-year-old, who ended his athletics career in 2018 due to health issues, began preparations with the British team skates several months ago. He was even among the four who fought in the World Cup competition for a ticket to Beijing.
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The captain of this crew was the experienced Lamin Dean. However, they failed to qualify for the Olympics.
The British will set up only one sleigh for four boats in Beijing, which will be hosted by Brad Hall. This crew will be a serious contender for a medal after their successful performance in the World Cup competitions.
Rutherford wanted to become the seventh athlete ever, and the first from the United Kingdom, to win both the Summer and Winter Olympics medals.
In the past it has been performed by American Eddie Egan (boxing and bobsleigh), Norwegian Jacob Tolen Thames (sailing and snowboarding), German Christa Luding Rothenberger (track cycling and speed skating), Canadian Clara Hughes (road biking and speed skating) ), American Lauren Williams (athletics and bobsleigh) and American Eddie Alvarez (baseball and short track).
The former British athlete, in addition to the Olympic gold medalist from London, won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016), among others, gold at the World Championships in Beijing (2015) and two gold medals at the European Championships (2014, 2016) .
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