John Emery (bobsleigh)
4 January 1932|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
John Emery was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with his brother Vic. John and Vic competed both in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh race where they were both drivers. John was the driver of the four-man sleigh that won the gold at the 1964 Olympics. His brother Vic was the driver of the two-man sleigh that took fourth place.
They had no sponsorship for their teams at the Olympics. They also had no practice track within Canada so the practiced on dry fields. Just before the 1964 Olympics they had their first actual runs in the bobsleighs at Lake Placid, NY.
Italy and Austria were heavily favored to win but Canada "walked away" with the Gold in the four-man sleigh and both John and Vic Emery were given the Gold. John and Vic are both in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
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