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Bergin and Hoey belt up for bobsleigh debut

THE Irish pair of Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin (pictured right to left) finally see competitive action tonight in the first two heats of the competition at the Whistler track.

The duo, the first Irish women to qualify for the bobsleigh at an Olympics, had an anxious wait before the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that both they and the Australians should be allowed to compete in Vancouver.

CAS later dismissed another challenge to Ireland's place by Brazil.

They will have two runs tomorrow morning (1am and 2.10am Irish time) and a third at 1am on Thursday morning, and if they are in the top 20 after round three (21 teams take part), they will then get a fourth and final run.

Both women come from athletics backgrounds. Hoey (26), at 6ft 4in the tallest female competitor at the Games, is a former national triple jump champion, and Bergin (25) is a sprinter who represented Ireland in the 400m relay at the European Indoor Championships last year.