Team GB 4-man bobsleigh at 2022 Winter Olympics Credit Alamy DATE 20022022.jpg
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Winter Olympics: Army bobsleigh star's message to UK Sport funding

Team GB 4-man bobsleigh at 2022 Winter Olympics Credit Alamy DATE 20022022.jpg

The Army's Nick Gleeson has called on UK Sport to "take a long, hard look" at the funding for GB Bobsleigh after their impressive performance at the Winter Olympics.

The four-man team, which includes Parachute Regiment soldier Gleeson and Royal Marine Taylor Lawrence, finished in sixth, despite having a much smaller budget compared to the other teams competing.

In 2018, UK Sport cut funding for GB Bobsleigh, meaning Brad Hall, who leads the British team, had to self-fund their Olympic dream for Beijing.

With help from sources such as crowdfunding and charitable donations, the team managed to pull together enough resources to challenge at the Winter Olympics.

"I really hope UK Sport take a long, hard look at us," Gleeson told the BBC.

"We've beaten a whole host of nations with a significantly bigger budget.

"And we've done the last three years on a personal budget that is less than 10% of what these guys spend in a year.

"Obviously, we would have absolutely loved to have come away with a medal, who wouldn't, but realistically looking through everything we have gone through, everything we have had to do, everything we've had to sacrifice, top six is like a medal for us," he said.

In the same event, RAF star Shanwayne Stephens helped Jamaica to their first Winter Olympics four-man results since 1988 as they came in 28th in heat three.

That meant they failed to qualify for the final run.