Canadian Tim Randall had always dreamed of competing in the Olympics, so at age 24, after watching the 2010 Vancouver Games, the personal trainer who played college football at the University of Guelph took up bobsledding.
According to his biography on the Team Canada website, Randall researched how to get involved in the sport and attended a talent camp. He joined the developmental circuit in the fall of 2010, moved up to the World Cup circuit in 2011-12 and competed in the World Championships in 2012 and 2013. His rapid rise in the sport culminated in a spot on the Canadian Olympic squad in Sochi.
As the day of the bobsled event approached for Randall and his crew, Canadian coach Tom De La Hunty made the decision to make a change to Canada’s three-man team – Randall’s crew. De La Hunty switched out pilots. The three-man team was in position to finish third or fourth after the switch was made, but the crew ultimately crashed on Saturday.
De La Hunty said the potential third place finish warranted the switch, but Randall was voiced his displeasure with the decision to Our Windsor.
“Coming to the Olympics is supposed to be one of the greatest moments in an amateur athlete’s life and this is kind of a disappointing way to end it,” Randall said. “The teams were switched up less than 48 hours out from the race and I think that greatly impacted our results and our team dynamics.
"It was very tough for us to deal with. Having the people who should believe in you the most kind of shut you down and almost tell you you’re not good enough is a very tough pull to swallow.”
Despite not coming away with a medal and admittedly feeling bitter about how things played out, Randall was thankful for his experience in Sochi.
“This experience of going to the Games is definitely something I’ll never forget and I believe I’ll come back to the sport. And I think this experience will make me a better person and a better athlete,” Randall said.
A tweet Randall sent out sums everything up pretty well. Four years ago he was at home on a couch. Sunday he was at the Olympics.
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