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Javelin champ Obergfoell reveals failed Sochi bid

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World javelin champion Christina Obergfoell has admitted she had no stomach for bobsleigh after trying the sport in a bid to win gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

“Last winter, there was a secret training session,” the 32-year-old, who won her first javelin world title in Moscow in August, revealed in German magazine Sport Bild.

“I went on the bobsleigh track in Altenberg (in east Germany) as a brake woman with Cathleen Martini (the 2011 two-woman world champion), but after one run I thought I was going to die and spent the next two hours vomiting.”

Having won Olympic javelin silver medal at the 2012 London Games, Obergfoell admitted the bobsleigh experience crushed her dreams of winning medals at both summer and winter Olympics. “After that I was done with the subject,” she said. “It was a pity because it would have been really cool to win a medal at winter and summer Games.”

The German was hoping to follow in the footsteps of USA hurdler Lolo Jones, the 2008 and 2010 world indoor 60m hurdles champion. Jones, 31, won a world bobsleigh title in the mixed team event earlier this year at St Moritz, Switzerland and will be biding for more medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.AFP

What is bobsleigh?

Bobsleigh is a winter sport where teams of two or four people race down narrow, ice tracks on a sledge. In the Olympics, the timings of the teams are calculated from the four heats which are combined to provide the final score. It is a relatively modern sport and the first formal bobsleigh racing competition was held in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1884. The sledges for racing were adapted from toboggans and sleds that were usually used in delivering goods in cold countries.


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