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Monday, 18 February, 2002, 05:15 GMT

GB sledders delighted

By BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson at the Utah Olympic Park

Britain's two-man bobsleigh teams overcame serious injuries to produce great results at the Winter Olympics.

GB1 finished 10th on Sunday, with GB2 coming in joint 22nd place.

But just months ago, brakemen Marcus Adam and Colin Bryce, looked highly unlikely to make it to the Games at all.

Bryce suffered a broken leg and Adam a broken toe.

Both battled back and did Britain proud in Salt Lake City.

Bryce told BBC Sport Online: "Considering I had a broken leg in September, this is amazing. The buzz is fantastic.

"The Olympics are the ultimate and it is great to say that I am an Olympian."

Adam, who competed in the 200m final at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, said: "To finish 10th is fantastic. I will cherish this performance for the rest of my life."

GB in good spirits

Drivers, Lee Johnston in GB1 and Neil Scarisbrick in GB2, said the good performances in the two-man was a confidence booster for the four-man later in the week.

Johnston, who finished 20th in the two-man at Nagano four years ago, said: "I'm ecstatic. I came here wanting a top 10 and I got it."

The gold went to Germany1, with Switzerland1 0.09 seconds behind and Switzerland2 0.51 off the winning pace.

Scarisbrick, who will drive GB1 in the four-man, said: "I had a little mishap on the first run when I got my foot stuck as I climbed in the sled.

"If it hadn't been for that I believe we would have got a top 20 position.

"It has given me a lot of confidence for the four-man and I believe we can achieve a top eight."

The four-man bob will be run over two days, the 22 and 23 February.

Before then Britain has two teams in the two-women bobsleigh, the first time this event has been included in the Winter Olympics.

Cheryl Done and Nicole Gautier will go in GB1 and Michelle Coy and Jackie Davies in GB2 on Tuesday.


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