Football, rugby propelled Canadian 'sled stars

Canadian Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden is pictured November 23, 2013 in Calgary, Alta at Canada...

Canadian Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden is pictured November 23, 2013 in Calgary, Alta at Canada Olympic Park. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:08 PM ET

KRASNAYA POLYANA, RUSSIA - Without ever being aware of it, running the football with record prowess in university and later in the CFL was preparing Jesse Lumsden for an Olympic dream.

For Heather Moyse, the cross-training groundwork came in rugby, a sport in which she has represented Canada internationally on several occasions.

And now here they are at their second Winter Games, each enjoying their second lives as accomplished athletes on the Canadian bobsled team.

Here they are poised to let their elite athletic ability bring glory to themselves and their country in a sport they barely knew existed in their youth.

Such is the nature of bobsled that a lifetime of honing your skill can be less important than raw speed and power developed elsewhere. And both 30-something athletes are reaping the rewards.


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