Michael Young (bobsleigh)
August 15, 1944 |
Port Credit, Ontario, Canada
Michael Young (born August 15, 1944) was a Canadian bobsledder who competed in the 1960s. He won two medals at the 1965 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz with a gold in the four-man event and a bronze in the two-man event.
The following year, he was severely injured during a four-man competition at the bobsleigh track in Lake Placid, New York when his sled hit the superstructure of the track at Turns 13 and 14, known as the "Zig-Zag Curves", damaging his face. Young was rushed to the hospital in Lake Placid, then flown to a hospital in Montreal to undergo extensive plastic surgery. This crash killed his compatriot Sergio Zardini and also featured future FIBT president Robert H. Storey.
Young got involved with bobsleigh, after being introduced to the sport by his cousin Vic Emery while studying at the University of Western Ontario. Young and the rest of the four-man crew would be honored in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Young also finished 17th in the four-man event at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
- 1968 bobsleigh four-man results
- Bobsleigh two-man world championship medalists since 1931
- Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930
- Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame profile
- "The Deadly Zig-Zag". TIME. March 4, 1966 - Accessed August 12, 2007.
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