Winter Olympics 2014: Bobsleigh brakeman John Baines ousted in Sochi bow

John Baines
John Baines

Thirsk bobsleigh rider John Baines failed to make an impression on the leading countries in his first Winter Olympics outing last week.

Baines jumped in as a late replacement to Great Britain’s two-man bob team to act as brakeman alongside pilot Lamin Deen.

Former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering pulled out of the event a week before the Sochi Games began after sustaining a slipped disc in training.

Deen and Baines struggled to live with the pace of the fastest runners, but they did beat Jamaican pair Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon.

The duo finished their first run (57.54) down in 21st place, more than a second slowly than eventual gold medallists Russia.

Their second run (57.9) dropped them to 23rd overall, and despite speeding down their third run (57.38), their cumulative score meant they failed to qualify for the final.

The Russian pair Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda dominated the competition throughout to win by 0.66 seconds.

Switzerland claimed the silver medal ahead of the USA in bronze. Jamaica’s pair finished las.

Baines will be back on the ice on Saturday in Britain’s second four-man bob team, alongside Deen and Ben Simons.