Lyndon Rush

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Lyndon Rush
Two-man bobsleigh, 2014 Winter Olympics, Canada.JPG
Rush at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Full name Lyndon Rush
Nationality Canadian
Born (1980-11-24) November 24, 1980 (age 34)
Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Residence Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Sport
Country  Canada
Sport Bobsleigh

Lyndon Rush (born November 24, 1980 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian retired bobsledder who has competed since 2004. Rush took up bobsleigh after spending five years playing Canadian football for the University of Saskatchewan. He initially trained as a brakeman before switching to driving due to a hamstring injury.[1]

Rush won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He won the silver medal in the mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. Rush currently resides in Sylvan Lake, Alberta where he works as a real estate agent.

Lyndon Rush made his first breakthroughs in Bobsleigh during the 2009-10 Bobsleigh World Cup winning the opening 4 man event in Park City, Utah.[2] Lyndon Rush also finished 3rd at the 4-man event in Cesana, Italy all of which contributing to his current ranking of third in the 4-man event. Rush, together with Lascelles Brown managed a tie for the victory with André Lange at the 2-man event in St-Moritz, this was their first victory and podium in the 2-man.[3]

After his runs in both two-man and four-man bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Rush openly mused about retiring. Rush is a deeply religious and devoted family man and following the four-man bobsleigh run in Whistler in which he lost out on silver by 1/100th of a second. Rush said that "It makes me feel like I don't want to retire. I like racing bobsled. It's fun. But I think I might have to move on. I'm 29 years old. I'm not a kid. I can't go touring all over Europe all the time."[4]

He became partners with Jesse Lumsden at the beginning of the 2012 season and the duo won their first World Cup Gold medal together in the two-man event on February 3, 2012.[5] It was Rush's second victory in two-man event and his eighth medal in his career on the World Cup circuit. Rush then built on his successes with Lumsden to win a silver medal at the 2012 World Championships. There, despite battling through a stomach virus on his last two runs, as he was in second through the first two runs, he was eventually overtaken by Steven Holcomb pushing him to the silver by 1/100th of a second.[6] In 2013 the duo of Rush and Lumsden won the overall World Cup two-man bobsleigh title.[7]

Rush retired from the sport after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since retiring he has taken up a role as assistant coach of WinSport Academy's bobsleigh programme, training developing bobsledders.[8][9]

Rush married Krista in 2003, and the couple have two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lyndon Rush bio". NBC Olympics. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rush bobsled strikes gold". Toronto Star. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Rush, Lange tie for 2-man bobsled World Cup win". USA Today. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ Vicki Hall (1 March 2010). "Rush laments expensive hundredth of a second". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2010-03-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Canada's Rush And Lumsden Win Bobsled Gold At World Cup". TSN. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Canada's Rush, Lumsden capture world bobsleigh silver". CBC Sports. February 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Camu, Michael (February 16, 2013). "Canada's Lyndon Rush, Lumsden capture World Cup bobsleigh title". CBC Sports. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Falloon, Dan (18 December 2014). "Program hoping to develop bobsleigh". Pique Newsmagazine. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Kingston, Gary (19 December 2014). "‘Bad stigma’ a big challenge for Whistler track". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 20 December 2014.