COC to make historic announcement around Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton contingent at Olympic Winter Games

Athletes to also unveil Olympic sled designs with student artist and Royal Canadian Air Force before pilots take RCAF personnel down Olympic Track in Calgary 

CALGARY (January 22, 2018) — The worlds of sport, art and aviation will come together in Calgary on January 24 at 11:00 a.m. MT when Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and the Canadian Olympic Committee announce the bobsleigh and skeleton athletes who will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. It will be the largest bobsleigh and skeleton contingent Canada has ever qualified for an Olympic Winter Games.

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton will also introduce a graphics student whose artistic design will slide into the spotlight on Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton sleds in PyeongChang. Building on a relationship established between Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and the Canadian Armed Forces, the design was inspired by the paint scheme on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Demo Hornet – created for Canada 150 Celebrations – which will make an appearance at the event.

Arriving to the media conference by helicopter with four athletes making their first trip to the Olympic Winter Games, the designer from Toronto’s George Brown College whose roots are in Canada’s prairie provinces, and Jim Belliveau, who designed the CF-18 Demo Hornet when he was the graphic designer with 410 Squadron, in Cold Lake, Alta. – will team up with the athletes to unveil the Olympic sleds.


Members of Canada’s PyeongChang 2018 nominated bobsleigh and skeleton team
Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
Catriona Le May Doan, Team Canada PyeongChang 2018 Lead Athlete Mentor
Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Marks, Commanding Officer 419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Jim Belliveau, former 410 Squadron graphic designer, Cold Lake, Alta.
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton officials


January 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. MT


Signature Flight Support
1441 Aviation Park NE
Calgary, AB
*Parking is free in the main Impark lot                 


All media planning to attend are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m. MT. as the helicopter will be arriving to the event at 11:02 a.m. MT.

Following the media event, Canada’s bobsleigh athletes will take RCAF personnel for a bobsleigh ride down the Olympic Track at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The rides will begin at 3 p.m. MT.         


For more information, please contact:

Chris Dornan, PyeongChang 2018 Media Attaché
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton
T: 403-620-8731

Josh Su, Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4303 / Cell: 647-464-4060

Photi Sotiropoulos, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4298 / Cell: 416-476-9174

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