Esk gearing up for bobsled

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos running back Jesse Lumsden will compete in his first World Cup race later this month in Winterberg, Germany.

Lumsden and former U of Alberta running back David Bissett will begin alternating as brakeman for Pierre Lueders in two-man European World Cup events.

Bissett goes first on the Torino 2006 Olympic bobsled track this weekend with Lumsden making his debut in Winterberg a week later with hopes of competing for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Lueders and Lumsden will make the announcement on a national conference call this morning from Cesana, Italy.

Lumsden, who has been training with the national bobsled program since lastspring, suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter of his first game with the Eskimos this summer.

He competed with Lueders and won the Canadian championship last year in Whistler, B.C., and joined Lueders in Europe last week.

Lumsden teamed up with Lueders to win the gold medal in a Europa Cup development series race last week in Konigssee, Germany.

Lueders ran the first two World Cup events in Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, N.Y. with Bissett as his brakeman.

Bissett, a former Alberta Golden Bear, was Lueders first string brakeman last season.

The most decorated Olympian and best driver ever in a Canada 1 bobsled, Leuders is heading into his 20th year and fifth Olympic year with some staggering statistics in the sport.

He has Olympic gold from Nagano in 1998 and silver from Torino in 2006, eight world championship medals and 88 World Cup medals.


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