Winter Olympics 2014: GB bobsleigh team raises Sochi expectations with silver at European Championships

The four man team won silver at the European Championships

Great Britain’s four-man bobsleigh team enjoyed the perfect preparation for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi by taking a silver medal at the European Championships.

The quartet of John Jackson, Joel Fearon, Stuart Benson and Bruce Tasker finished fourth overall but took silver by virtue of being second-best among the European nations. It was the first time the British men’s  four had achieved a European podium finish since 1994.

The race in Germany was won by the United States in a combined time of one minute 38.54 seconds, with Switzerland second and Canada third.

“It’s a great result to send us to Sochi,” said GB bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson.