New Glasgow native selected as bobsled team alternate
Luke Demetre never hid his goal as a brakeman – he always had his eyes on the Olympics in Sochi.
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Luke Demetre trains at the YMCA of Pictou County during a visit home from Calgary where the New Glasgow native now lives. He will be an alternate on the Canadian bobsled team at the Sochi Olympics.
He always admitted it wouldn’t be easy, especially being one of the youngest members on the national team for a few years. Now 23, he is heading to Sochi as an alternate on the Canadian bobsled team.
“My goal was always to go to the games as a brakeman and to try to do it in four years,” he said in an e-mail interview with The News. “I wanted to be at the games in Russia and I was only really thinking of one step at a time. (Although I’m not on the racing team) this trip will help me to see what the Olympics is like and to know what to expect for the next one and know what to prepare for.”
It wasn’t until last week that the team was finally set in Igls, Austria, although the selection process began in October for the bobsled team. Demetre said they had their pushing test before the team was narrowed to a world cup roster, with a few extras. There have been cuts between now and then, with the final cuts coming just last week.
“I was excited and disappointed,” he said about being selected as an alternate. “I was excited that I am going to get to go the games, which is a great privilege to represent your country, but I am disappointed that I wasn't named to the racing team.”
With the four-man bobsled events just under a month away, he still needs to be prepared even though he isn’t on the team. Although it’s unlikely he will compete, something could happen to one of his teammates, so he wants to be able to be there for the team in the event of an emergency.
“I do still have to be prepared for anything,” said Demetre. “I will still be doing the same workouts and training that the team does to be in the best shape I can be going into the races.”
This isn’t the first time he will be heading to Sochi. He was there at the end of last season and early this year for events, so he’s looking forward to seeing the finished product for the Olympics.
Although he won’t have the same accreditation as his teammates and won’t know exactly what he will have access to until he arrives, Demetre will take in as much of the environment as he can during his time at the Olympics.
“I am excited to go and see all that I can, but I do have a job to do there, and we all have to be focused on that.”
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