The three worlds of sports, art and the Maritimes are coming together on Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton sleds as they charge down the track at the Beijing Olympics.
There has been a longstanding relationship between Bobsleigh Canada Skelton and the Canadian Armed Forces. This year during the Winter Olympics in Beijing, athletes will give a nod to the history of Canada’s Navy with a very unique sled design.
The art design on the sleds features the Second World War-era Admiralty Disruptive Paint. The heritage paint theme honours the sacrifices of Canadian sailors in the Second World War, The Battle of the Atlantic and those who serve today.
“Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton is tremendously proud to be associated with the Royal Canadian Navy, which has a long, strong and honourable tradition of supporting and defending our country.” said Sarah Storey, President, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.
“Whether on the ice or at sea, the distinction of putting on a Canadian uniform drives commitment to the training, preparation, perseverance and teamwork required to perform under immense pressure while representing your country. Sailors and athletes apply their tremendous skill – while working with specialized and purposefully designed equipment – to execute their missions with precision. We are united by the goal of making our team unstoppable, and our country proud.”
Athletes on Canada’s bobsleigh and skeletons teams qualified for Canada’s Olympic team based on their international ranking over the last two seasons.
In Olympic games past, Team Canada has won nine bobsleigh medals and four skeleton medals.
You can watch Canada’s bobsleigh team on the track from February 13 to February 20 and skeleton team February 10 to February 12.