CFLer turned Olympian Lumsden continues battle on bobsled track
By Scott Mitchell, Calgary Sun
Canadian bobsleigh team member Jesse Lumsden cruises down the skyline luge ride at Canada Olympic Park on Friday. Several Olympian and national team members in both bobsleigh and luge were on hand to try out the made-for-everyone track. The wild new ride been open for about a month and is the longest of its kind in the world at 1.8 km and is drawing rave reviews from riders. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun
Jesse Lumsden and Nick Carriere are quite familiar with the battles.
Whether it’s battling for jobs or battling injuries, the pair of former CFLers have traded in their grass-filled engagements on the gridiron for the struggle and strife of life on an icy bobsled track.
Since Lumsden made the switch before the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver — finishing fifth in both the two-man and four-man events on home soil — more and more football players and track athletes have mixed their explosive-sport backgrounds with the power-laden sliding sport.
“We’ve been attracting more football players recently, which is a great cross-over because of the team dynamic already. And it’s a hard-working sport with lots of lifting and lots of running,” Lumsden said Friday afternoon at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. “It translates over very, very well for football players.”