Kopenhagen (RWH) For the 2020/2021 season, the IBSF national federation Bob & Skeleton Danmark is putting together a bobsleigh team for the first time in 14 years. For the new start as an active sport in Denmark, General Manager Tom Johansen cooperated with the national athletics federation (Dansk Atletik Forbund). Most recently, Danish bobsleigh athletes were active in international racing series in the 2005/2006 season - now the goal is to participate in the 2026 Olympic Winter Games Milan/Cortina.
Five of the six new winter athletes come from the athletics sector, push athlete Simon Darville is weightlifter. Pilot Jannick Bagge recently won the triple jump at the Danish Championships 2020. "Those were probably my last national championships in athletics," the 26-year-old announced shortly afterwards at Instagram. "I'm part of the serious project to build a world-class Danish bobsleigh team and I'm really looking forward to finally get it started now."
The push athletes team includes Simon Darville, Mads Lunø, Marius Glenner-Frandsen, Rasmus Overgaard and Lukas Medina Sørensen.
As the next step of the bobsleigh newcomers from Denmark, a starting training in Winterberg (GER) is planned from 10-13 September, if the corona situation allows it. The team, like many other nations, will be supported by the development program of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF with coaching, training time and courses.
By the way, Denmark has been active again in the sport of skeleton for some time now: 17-year-old Rasmus Johansen finished ninth out of 20 starters at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne (SUI) in January 2020. In view of the YOG 2024 in Gangwon (KOR), the Danish federation has launched the "New Generation" project to work with young bobsleigh and skeleton athletes in the perspective of the Youth Winter Games in three and a half years. ©RWH2020
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