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Bobsled champion Lumsden takes a break in Bermuda

Canadian Jesse Lumsden, newly crowned two-man bobsled world champion, has been training with the Bermuda Rowing Association while visiting his godfather Terry West in Bermuda.

Lumsden and Lyndon Rush captured the overall World Cup title in Sochi, Russia in February at the Sochi Olympics venue.

Rush, from Humboldt, Saskatchawan, and Lumsden, from Burlington, Ontario, recorded a two-run time of one minute 54.41 seconds to finish just shy of the medals on the 17-corner track. Still, it was good enough to clinch the World Cup crown.

“I have always really wanted to win an overall title, and this feels great,” Rush told the media in Russia after his success. “The Sochi track is awesome. Everything about it is big and impressive. It is by far the nicest facility on tour.”

Rush, a runner-up last season at the world championships, won two World Cup victories and four podium finishes with brakemen Lumsden and Lascelles Brown. He finished 54 points ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis for the title. Germany’s Manuel Machata was third, 152 points back.

“It is a great way to finish off the two-man season,” Lumsden said. “It truly was a team effort this year. Lascelles and I both pushed Team Rush onto the podium, and Lyndon was awesome navigating the tracks. I am very proud of what we accomplished.”

Lumsden is enjoying a break in Bermuda and has trained a couple of times with local rowers, hoping to get out on the water with them this weekend. His godfather is a director of the Bermuda Rowing Association.

“I have always known that rowing provides excellent conditioning for every muscle I own,” he stated.

“I could not pass up training with the rowers while visiting this beautiful island. I bet they never thought they would be welcoming a bobsledder in Bermuda! We have similar ideals in our sports: I aim for the perfect glide on the ice, and they on the water."

Said Michael Swain, President of the Bermuda Rowing Association: “Jesse is just starting the first stage of the next training round and has always wanted to try the rowing because obviously you need to be supremely fit for the sprinting in the bobsled and wanted to come down and train with us. We’re swapping ideas about training.

“He’s been on the rowing machine because it was too windy to take him on the water, so tomorrow night we will be back on the rowing machines and hopefully on the weekend we will be on the water so he will be rowing with us. However, the winds are looking a bit choppy again for the weekend.”

The rowing association will be paid a visit by Olympic gold medal winning rower Sir Steven Redgrave when he comes to the Island for this weekend’s Hackers Golf Tournament put on by the Department of Tourism. Redgrave, now retired, won five consecutive gold medals at the Olympics from 1984 to 2000.

“Five Olympic Games and five golds has never been beaten,” said Swain. “He wanted us to make time for him to visit the rowers.”

The rowing association is running their annual ‘learn to row’ course in July.

Anyone interested in learning to row should contact Swain at bermudarowing@gmail.com

Recently crowned world bobsled champion Jesse Lumsden gets a workout on the rowing machine during his visit to Bermuda. Lumsden, the godson of Bermudian Terry West, hopes to get out on the water with local rowers this weekend if the weather permits.

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Published April 04, 2013 at 6:26 pm (Updated April 04, 2013 at 6:25 pm)

Bobsled champion Lumsden takes a break in Bermuda

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