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Brit long jump Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford named in GB bobsleigh squad hoping to compete at Winter Olympics

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VERSATILE Greg Rutherford will try to qualify for the Winter Olympics in a bobsled – nearly ten years after Super Saturday.

The 34-year-old won long jump gold alongside athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah during the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Greg Rutherford is trying to qualify for the Olympics in a different sport[/caption]
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The London 2012 long jump champ in training for bobsleigh earlier this summer[/caption]

He has now turned to colder climates and will attempt to make the British four-man bobsleigh team at February’s Beijing Games.

Rutherford excelled in a series of tests at the Bath bob HQ and will compete in Austria in November in the first of seven qualifying events.

He wrote on Instagram: “A few weeks ago we had our trials and I managed to qualify for the British team to compete this winter.

“The team now has to qualify for the Olympic Games by placing well on the World Cup circuit (as does every team).

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“This has been a huge undertaking, going from a very retired former athlete to retraining in a new sport and qualifying for the team.

“A massive thank you to everyone who’s helped thus far.”

Rutherford, whose team continue to look for more financial backing on their self-funded Olympic journey, added: “We start competing in a couple of months’ time with the medal dream very much alive.”

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