Halton Hills bobsleigh athlete nominated to represent Team Canada at Beijing 2022
A bobsleigh athlete from Halton Hills has been nominated to represent Team Canada at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
25-year-old Sara Villani from Norval is one of 18 bobsledders that were nominated, along with three skeleton athletes, who all qualified for Team Canada based on their international ranking over the last two seasons.
At a 2018 RBC Training Ground event, Villani was identified as a potential bobsleigh brakewoman.
“Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton nominated a high-powered team replete with veteran leadership and first-time Olympians who combined to win 76 World Cup and five World Championship medals over the last four years in the two sliding sports,” stated a release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
The design theme on the sleds will feature the Second World War-era Admiralty Disruptive Paint, a heritage paint scheme that honours the sacrifices made by Canadian sailors in World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic.
Additionally, according to the Canadian Olympic Committee, Team Canada will have three sleds fully prepared for the two-woman, two-man and four-man bobsleigh races. It will also be one of two nations to have two sleds in the women’s monobob race which will make its Olympic debut at Beijing 2022.
In the past, Team Canada has won a total of nine Olympic bobsleigh medals and four Olympic skeleton medals.
Bobsleigh will take place from Feb. 13 to 20 and skeleton will take place from Feb. 10 to 12 at the Yanqing Sliding Centre.
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