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Mixed Success For Forces Athletes Hoping To Boost Winter Olympics Hopes

Forces athletes have been in action in the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cups, hoping to boost their PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics hopes.....

Forces athletes have been in action in the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cups, hoping to boost their PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics hopes.

St Moritz, in Switzerland, boasts the only natural track carved out of the ice in the World Cup circuit - and it's a course the competitors love to race on.

It was a mixed weekend for the military athletes in action, however.

It wasn't the best outing for the Army's Lamin Deen, who finished a disappointing 19th in the seventh round of the Bobsleigh World Cup.

The lance sergeant and his team of Ben Simons, Toby Olubi and Andrew Matthews did their two runs in 2 minutes 10.10 seconds, 1.68 seconds off the pace.

With Olympic places up for grabs, this was not the result he wanted. It means he drops two places to 10th in the world rankings.

There was better news for 2 PARA's Nick Gleeson, however, part of Bradley Hall's GB 2 Bob with Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett.

They produced the second best start of the day, lasting exactly five seconds.

The British Army man helped his team finish 10th in a race dominated by German crews, meaning Hall is now ranked 12th in the world.

This was the penultimate World Cup race before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, with the teams heading to Konigsee in Germany this weekend.

The RAF's Rhys Thornbury finished 13th place in the Skeleton World Cup race at St Moritz, meanwhile.

Thornbury, who competes for New Zealand in international competition, posted a combined time of 2 minutes 16.92 seconds for his two runs, leaving him 2.15 seconds behind South Korea's winner Sungbin Yun.

Thornbury's display means he's climbed two places to 14th in the overall standings, heading into the final World Cup meeting of the season next week in Konigsee.

Next month he'll represent New Zealand at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

With thanks to the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) for video footage and imagery.​​​​​​

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