Date of Birth:  Jan. 4, 1986
 Place of Birth: Saskatoon, SK
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 2
 Height:  5'9"
 Weight: 163 lbs

Since joining the Canadian bobsleigh programme as an 18-year-old in 2004, Jaime Cruickshank has been one of the most important members of the team. An accomplished track athlete, Cruickshank previously competed in hurdles and high jump while in high school. In 2003 she won a gold medal in long jump at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.

Track coach Todd Johnston, who also helped steer Ken Kotyk to bobsleigh, was the first to suggest the winter sport to Cruickshank. He realized her compact, powerful build would be an asset in the sport.

Cruickshank made an immediate impact when she joined the team, winning gold at the 2004 Canadian Championships as the brakeman in Lesa Mayes-Stringer's sled. The pair would garner a seventh-place finish at a World Cup race in Lake Placid, NY, helping them end the season as the ninth ranked sled on the circuit.

This season, Cruickshank has raced primarily with Suzanne Gavine-Hlady. Although the pair finished a disappointing third at the 2005 Canadian Championships, they have enjoyed great success on the World Cup tour. Heading into the Games, they have notched three Top-10 results, including a career-best fifth-place result at Lake Placid.

The 2006 Games marks the first time Canada will send two female sleds to the Olympics -- Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse form the other tandem.




2006 Bobsleigh Coverage