Former Caltaf Athlete makes 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Skeleton Coached by Caltaf’s Own Kim Cousins

The Canadian skeleton team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was officially unveiled on Wednesday with former Caltaf athlete John Fairbairn taking the top men’s spot.  John competed as a triple jumper for Caltaf for a number of years and was coached by Caltaf’s own Kim Cousins.  Kim and John have continued their coaching partnership for 15 years as Kim remained John’s power speed coach through his switch to skeleton in 2006 and will be by his side in Sochi in February.  John is now the number one ranked Canadian male skeleton athlete in Canada and ranked 6th in the world.

“It has always been a lifetime goal of mine to compete at the Olympics, and for that dream to now be a reality is very gratifying,” said John Fairbairn. “Making the Olympic team was step one. Now the real work begins to ensure we are fully prepared to achieve excellence in Sochi. This is a talented group of athletes that share great camaraderie and a common goal to see the Canadian flag being raised once again above the Olympic skeleton podium.”

Kim Cousins currently coaches with the Caltaf Throws Group.  “I have seen John grow from a track athlete trying to make the Western Canada Summer Games Team to an Olympic athlete that can compete with the best in the world.  It is a testament to setting goals and working tirelessly to achieve them. “

John competes in Sochi on February 14 and 15th, 2014.

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