New Glasgow native Luke Demetre was one of the people who rushed to the end of the track to help his teammates on the four man bobsleigh team 3 representing Canada at the Olympics in Sochi.
The Justin Kripps team, had just had an accident that would erase their hopes of a medal.
“Me and the other spare grabbed the sled and helped them out,” Demetre said. “Everyone seemed to be doing OK at the time.”
That crash, while devastating for Canada’s Olympics homes would open the door for him to move from spare to competing athlete as he and the other spare suddenly had the opportunity to fill in.
With Demetre in the sled, the team ended up placing 10th in the third heat.
“It was a lot of fun being able to compete,” Demetre said. Although he wishes his teammates hadn’t crashed in the first place.
“We pushed pretty well. We were pretty happy with that,” he said. “It showed what Graham and I can do. It showed we can do our jobs and it was just great being there.”
Overall the Olympic experience was an incredible experience. In many ways it was like many of the other World Cup bobsleigh events, but grander.
“Everything was just a little bit more of a show,” he said.
Particularly spectacular were the closing ceremonies, which he got to walk in with Canada for.
“It was pretty crazy. Walking in was absolutely unreal. There’s such a big crowd.”
Demetre is back in Calgary for some more training before the track there is taken out for the season. After that he’ll be returning to Pictou County for a visit.
He’s not sure what happens after that, but he’s hoping it will be four more years of training followed by another Olympic opportunity.
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