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Saturday 2 August 2014

No bones about it for skeleton ace Greenwood at Sochi

Published 06/02/2014|02:30

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Ireland's Sean Greenwood during a training run at Sliding Centre Sanki prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Russia
Ireland's Sean Greenwood during a training run at Sliding Centre Sanki prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Russia

SIX years after taking up the sport, Sean Greenwood has moved a step closer to fulfilling his Olympic dream for Ireland following his first training run in Sochi yesterday.

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The opening ceremony for the Winter Games takes place tomorrow, but the 26-year-old will not be in action in the skeleton event until February 14, as he completes a remarkable journey from Olympic volunteer to Olympic competitor in four years.

Greenwood first tried the sport – which sees athletes hurtle through the course, head first, at speeds approaching 140kph – in 2008 while studying at the University of Calgary.

But it was two years later, while volunteering at the Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, that thoughts of competing in the next event took over and, after the Games, Greenwood moved to Whistler in order to progress.

That progress should be complete when he makes his bow for Ireland on Valentine's Day.

Greenwood's mother Sibeal Foyle emigrated from Newcastle in Galway to Canada in the early 1980s.

He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Western Canada.

Irish Independent

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