Bob and Skeleton to be re-established in the country - support by Olympic Champion Bernhard Lehmann
Malling / Brøndby (RWH) The federation Bob, Skeleton and Kælk Danmark (BSK) wants to re-establish bobsleigh and skeleton as active sports in Denmark. For the revival, BSK President Tom Johansen relies on a cooperation with the National Athletics Association (Dansk Atletik Forbund) - and on the support of Olympic Champion Bernhard Lehmann (GER) and his former bobsleigh colleagues. Most recently, Danish athletes were active in the international racing series in the 2005/2006 season.
"All of our former bobsleigh athletes came from track and field," said Tom Johansen, who was a pilot for Denmark himself. "That's why we came up with the idea of joining forces with the Dansk Atletik Forbund. We were immediately welcomed very positively, forward-looking and actively there and after the board gave its OK, we are now formally part of the Danish track and field program."
"We also need new impulses and ideas in order to exploit all possibilities for the future," said Jakob Larsen, Managing Director of Dansk Atletik Forbund. "We hope that the creative and determined energy of the former Danish bobsleigh team will be recreated, inspiring other athletes. That's why we give Bob and Skeleton Sport a place with us. "
One of the first Danish junior athletes could be Rasmus Vestergård Johansen, the son of President Tom Johansen. He is 16 years old and, as the son of a former bobsleigh pilot, grew up with the icetrack sport. "At the age of twelve, Rasmus said that he would like to try it" said Tom Johansen. "Last year he tried Skeleton and Monobob for the first time and had a lot of fun." As an active decathlete, the young athlete has the best athletic conditions also for the icetrack - and aims to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne 2020 as first big step.
Rasmus Johansen is supported by Olympic Champion Bernhard Lehmann from Germany, with whom his family has been friends for years. Lehmann, who is celebrating his 70th birthday in November, won 1976 Olympic gold in 4-Man Bobsleigh pushing pilot Meinhard Nehmer in Innsbruck. As a bobsleigh pilot, he won three more Olympic medals, the 1983 2-Man European Championships and the 1985 World Championships in 4-Man Bobsleigh. As a coach, Bernhard Lehmann worked with 2006 Women’s Bobsleigh Olympic Champion Sandra Kiriasis and skeleton athlete Jacqueline Lölling, who won Olympic Silver in PyeongChang 2018. © RWH2018
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