Brown at the 2014 Winter Olympics
October 12, 1974 |
May Pen, Jamaica
Lascelles Brown (born October 12, 1974 in May Pen) is a Jamaican-born Canadian bobsledder who has competed for three different countries since starting his career in 1999. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he is the first Jamaican-born athlete to win a Winter Olympic medal. He was born in Clarendon, Jamaica.
Brown was a member of the Jamaica national bobsled team from 1999 to 2004, competing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, as a brakeman for Winston Watt. The Jamaican duo set the track push record during those games. He continued training for bobsleigh at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park, where he met and married his wife Kara, a Canadian. As of 2011, they have three daughters and a son together.
He applied for Canadian citizenship on July 28, 2005; it was awarded to him by special exemption just prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, enabling him to compete for Canada at the games in Turin. Brown is currently acting as the brakeman for Lyndon Rush in both the 2-man and 4-man event. Brown competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics together with Rush on their home track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, winning bronze in the four-man event. Brown had previously been competing with North America's most decorated bobsleigh pilot Pierre Lueders but the two had a falling out and no longer compete together. Brown recently said that "I'd only do it if Jesus asked" when questioned if he would ever compete with Lueders again.
In the 2006 Olympic Games, Lueders and Brown won a silver medal in the two-man event. Brown also has a complete set of medals at the FIBT World Championships with gold in the two-man event (2005), a silver in the four-man event (2007) and a bronze in the four-man event (2005).
- Starkman, Randy (11 November 2009). "Starkman: I'd only do it if Jesus asked, says Olympian". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Gary Kingston (26 November 2010). "New 'king' of Monaco sledding cashes in". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- "Monaco's Lascelles Brown and Patrice Serville". FIRSTPOST. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- Lascelles Brown at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
- 2006 Turin profile[dead link]
- CBC February 20, 2006 article on Brown's silver medal.[dead link]
- FIBT World Championships 2007 four-man results[dead link]
- The Jamaican Observer January 25, 2006 article on Brown competing for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics.[dead link]
- NBCOlympics.com profile[dead link]
- NBCOlympics.com story on Brown's silver medal at Turin[dead link]
- Real Champions profile[dead link]
- USA Today February 23, 2006 article on Brown's silver medal.
- Bobsleigh two-man world championship medalists since 1931
- Bobsleigh two-man Olympic medalists 1932–56 and since 1964
- Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930