RAF airmen selected for GB bobsleigh squad

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Fighter pilots without planes perchance?
 
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Does the sleigh have a gruesomely expensive concrete cannon in the nose?
 
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Does the sleigh have a gruesomely expensive concrete cannon in the nose?
How dare you- it is actually the new BAE tranche 'skint' Eurofrightener. It is fitted for wings not with wings. Ready to join the front line shortly.

That said good luck to all the Services personnel athletes.
 
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Fighter pilots without planes perchance?
Can't be. They're all Corporals & it would be foolish to let NCOs have the responsibility of flying things.
 
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Fit young men with moustaches dressed in one piece body condoms pushing on a large red phallic shaped device…

Jarrod!!!!!!
 
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Tom De la Hunte used to be a crab and an exceptional Bob driver late eighties.
Tom trained me in my brief & ignominious flirtation with sliding. All round good bloke.
 
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We probably know each other :D
I did Ice Camp in Lillehammer in 2004, the one of “Black Thursday” when just about every Bob crashed on the first lauf. My main instructor was an RAMC SSgt named Rob & there was a huge gang of Paras who took part with full Airborne spirit.

I then went to the Novice championships at Igls & after a crash (I hit the Hammer & nearly took the Bob out of the track) the medic told me to man up & grow a pair. I'm still in need of periodic physio!
 
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Ro Jo was my old OC, horrible bobsleigh driver but a huge weight behind those involved, don't think he's directly involved an more.

Capt Plume, I was 13 years before you when that SSGT Medic, Rob H was a Para Regt Lance Corporal.. And you aren't a bobsledder until you've had a decent crash, Horseshoe at St Moritz being my most spectacular and painful

Pete Gunn now coached the UK ladies team, they won the world championships last year.
 
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And you aren't a bobsledder until you've had a decent crash, Horseshoe at St Moritz being my most spectacular and painful.
My best crash, & I have footage of it, was at Vultures' Corner in Lillehammer. I managed to hit the woodwork at the top of the turn & in the video my entire torso is out of the Bob. Thank Christ I somehow managed to get back in, although I broke my brakeman in a big way & the lauf didn't count as although I did cross the line I left him & one of my trainers in the track.

Having ripped the visor off my helmet Nicola M lent me a pair of goggles. Never imagined I'd be involved in a sport where I would swap kit & advice with world class athletes!

Apart from the pain & fear this was one of the best non-warry things I did in the mob.
 
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My intro to the sport was by Geoff Schuneman, awesome driver from the Stan Tout, Nick Phipps era. He was a pilot with our squadron, I had just returned from a three month biathlon beasting with Pete Gunn, he was trg Sgt in my squadron.

Geoff asked me if I could sprint, I lied and said yes. He asked if I could bench press, I lied and said yes. The following day, I was in Rojos Land rover, heading south for the Army 2 and 4 man championships in St Moritz. I'd only been in the sqn 4 months and hadn't yet worn a uniform.

Pete, being a beast, was invited the following season and the rest is history. Since then the sport in the Army has developed and grown, thanks to the likes of Sean Ollsen, Dean Ward, Pete Gunn and of course Rojo.

Its and awesome sport, and for those who haven't done it, its difficult to describe the noise, the speed and the sheer bliss when the bob stops on the braking straight.
 
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My intro to the sport was by Geoff Schuneman, awesome driver from the Stan Tout, Nick Phipps era. He was a pilot with our squadron, I had just returned from a three month biathlon beasting with Pete Gunn, he was trg Sgt in my squadron.

Geoff asked me if I could sprint, I lied and said yes. He asked if I could bench press, I lied and said yes. The following day, I was in Rojos Land rover, heading south for the Army 2 and 4 man championships in St Moritz. I'd only been in the sqn 4 months and hadn't yet worn a uniform.
I saw the DIN offering Ice Camp & called to ask more about it. When they heard I was a Number 8 in my Rugby side I was taken on board immediately.

Pete, being a beast, was invited the following season and the rest is history. Since then the sport in the Army has developed and grown, thanks to the likes of Sean Ollsen, Dean Ward, Pete Gunn and of course Rojo.
Met Sean & Pete, think Dean was around, but don’t recall Rojo. The camps were an interesting mix of world-class athletes, military & civvies & apart from training with Toby Booth at London Irish the closest I’ve ever been to elite sport. Quite an atmosphere!

Its and awesome sport, and for those who haven't done it, its difficult to describe the noise, the speed and the sheer bliss when the bob stops on the braking straight.
I had absolutely no concept of what I had got myself into, but rapidly understood why the novices were only allowed two laufs a day. Thanks to the colour & antiquity of the bobs & the sensations during a lauf I can only describe it, especially as a brakeman, as being in a controlled crash in a 1950s tractor while being repeatedly kidney punched.

ON my first lauf in Lillehammer my visor steamed up & the bob drove me safely down. When Rob was teaching us the track he said that the time to start steering at the Labyrinth was when you saw a red button about the size of a jar lid on some form of electrical box at the side of the track. We all thought we’d never even see the box & didn’t the first few times – by the end of the course I could practically read the maker’s name.

As you say it’s awesome. The skill needed to have the energy & aggression of a push start but then drop into the focussed state to drive is like the transition between skiing & shooting in biathlon (I’ve done that too) but magnified to the nth degree.

They say skydivers know why the birds sing. Sliders know the sheer joy of still being alive when the shout of “BRAKE” and a huge shower of ice particles goes up!
 
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I bought an old east german sled a couple or three years ago in a moment of madness.

Its sat in the garage covered in dust sheets.

I think I thought I'd be able to nip over to Winterberg for a heap tea spoon full of nostalgic adrenalin.

I wonder if there is enough interest to start a veterans team and enter the Brits :D
 
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I wonder if there is enough interest to start a veterans team and enter the Brits :D
There were two of us on my ice camp of Irish background. We weren't sure how well the Republic would have taken the suggestion that two British Army Officers offer to represent Ireland...
 

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