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Bobsleigh Friday, 11 January, 2002, 17:15 GMT
British women break new ground
Davies (back) and Done are the GB1 team in women's bobsleigh
Davies (back) and Done are the GB1 team
Two British teams will make history after qualifying for the two-woman bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics.

It is the first time the discipline has been included in the Games.

The bobsleigh drivers in Salt Lake City will be Cheryl Done, in GB1, and Michelle Coy in GB2.

The brakeman are Jacqueline Davies in GB1 and Nicola Gautier in GB2.


British women's bobsleigh athletes have played a pivotal role in achieving Olympic status for the sport

Tony Wallington

Three of the women are members of the Armed Forces and have taken a year's sabbatical to prepare for Salt Lake City while Gautier is a student.

Gautier, 23, is also currently ranked third behind Denise Lewis and Julie Hollman at heptathlon in Great Britain.

Team leader Tony Wallington knows the importance of the event and is hopeful the teams can live up to the occasion.

He added: "This is an historic event for women's bobsleigh and British women's bobsleigh athletes have played a pivotal role in achieving Olympic status for the sport.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our women to acquit themselves with honours."

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