Bruce Tasker

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Bruce Tasker
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 31)
Lawrenny, Wales, United Kingdom
ResidenceWindsor, Berkshire
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb; 18.1 st)
Websitehttp://www.brucetasker.com/
Sport
Country United Kingdom
Sport Bobsleigh
ClubGB Team
Coached byChris Woolley
Dominik Scherrer
Peter Gunn
Michael Khmel

Bruce Tasker (born 2 September 1987) is a British former bobsledder and track athlete.[1] He qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the 4-man discipline.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Tasker was born in 1987 in Lawrenny, Wales. When young, Tasker was a talented athlete, which led to his joining the Carmarthen Harriers athletics club at the age of 11.[4] Specialising in the 100m, 200m and 400m disciplines,[4] he broke club records as a youth and won at both distances at several meets, including the Welsh Championship, where he won the 200m at Swansea in 2008, and the BUSA Championships, the 400m in Bedford in 2007.[5] In 2006 he was ranked as the United Kingdom's top under-20s athlete in the indoor 400m.[5] Despite this he failed to reach the top level of the sport and turned his back on sprinting in 2009.[6]

Tasker first competed for Great Britain at a competition at Loughborough, in 2006.[4] After graduating with upper second class honours, in 2008, Tasker changed events to focus on the 200m, but after winning only a U23 British bronze medal, his interest in athletics was waning.[4]

In 2010, while studying for a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bath, he was introduced to bobsleigh by British racer John James Jackson.[1] He adapted swiftly to the sport and was part of the four-man team that came first at the 2011–12 British Championships held at Winterberg.[7] Tasker was also part of the four-man teams which represented Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships, coming in fifth[7] and the 2014 Bobsleigh European Championships, winning a silver medal.[8] He was also part of the four-man crew that finished second at the Lake Placid World Cup meeting in 2013.[9]

On the 22 and 23 February 2014, Tasker represented Great Britain in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in the four-man bobsleigh; racing in the first team along with Stuart Benson, Joel Fearon and pilot John James Jackson in GBR1. It was his debut Olympics.[1] After the Sochi Olympics Tasker undertook training to become a bobsleigh pilot in the summer of 2014.[10]

In November 2017 at Park City, Tasker finished third in a four-man World Cup race alongside Bradley Hall, Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett.[9]

On 4 January 2018, he suffered a stroke, ruling him out of taking part at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[11]

After a career in which he competed at six World Championships and an Olympics, in October 2018 Tasker announced his retirement from competition.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bruce Tasker". Team GB. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  2. ^ Hope, Nick (19 January 2014). "BBC Sport – Sochi 2014: GB Bobsleigh secure two four-man Olympic spots". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bruce Tasker Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "about bruce". Bruce Tasker. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Bruce Tasker". thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Ice-cool Welsh sprinter Bruce Tasker aims for Winter Olympics bobsleigh gold". walesonline.co.uk. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Bruce Tasker". bobteamgb.org. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ Hope, Nick (26 January 2014). "GB bobsleigh quartet warm up for Sochi 2014 with silver medal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Bruce Tasker: Team GB bobsleigher announces retirement". bbc.co.uk. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^ Hope, Nick (22 September 2014). "John Jackson: GB bobsleigh pilot suffers Achilles injury relapse". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Winter Olympics: GB bobsleigher Bruce Tasker to miss Games after stroke in his workplace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2018.