Rutherford won gold and bronze in the long jump at the Summer Olympics
It has been more than three years since Greg Rutherford last represented the UK.
But the 2012 Olympic long jump champion, who was eliminated from athletics in 2018, is back in top-class sport – this time in the bobsleigh.
The 35-year-old is trying to be the first Briton to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics – and could compete in the four-man bobsleigh in the first World Cup race of the season in Igls, Austria.
Britain will field two crews in Sunday’s four-man event, with Rutherford competing in the Lamin Deen’s bob while Brad Hall will drive the other team.
Rutherford only had its first run on a complete route on Saturday after several months of training in Bath. He then posted on Instagram: “A huge day in my life and on this incredible bobsled ride … It’s official. I can call myself now [a] Bobsleigh riders. FIRST EVER RUN! “
To qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing in February, three top 12 finishes from the seven qualifying events are required, including the January European Championships in San Moritz, Switzerland.
Britain has won five Olympic bobsleigh medals in the winter – including a belated bronze at the 2014 Games that the team of four received more than five years later after moving up from their original position of fifth after two Russian teams were disqualified in front of them about doping.
Skeleton is also an event where Britain has a rich history of medals and has been on the podium at all games since the sport was reintroduced in 2002, including gold medals for Amy Williams in 2010 and Lizzy Yarnold in 2014.
Olympic venue in Beijing “breathtaking” – Laura Deas
Your World Cup season begins on Friday in Austria with the Olympic Winter Games 2018 Laura Deas and Brogan Crowley for the women and Craig Thompson, Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt for the men.
Deas was recently in China for the Olympic winter test and described the track in Yanqing as “a breathtaking piece of architecture”.
Looking to improve on her 2018 bronze medal, she told Sport Wales: “At the time it really didn’t matter what color it was. But the fact that it was bronze means there is room for improvement and” that really motivates . ”
The women’s monobob celebrates its World Cup premiere on Saturday and there is also the two-man bobsleigh race with the women’s equivalent on Sunday.
Elsewhere in winter sports, Dave Ryding will be competing in the women’s slalom for the first time this season in Levi Finland alongside Laurie Taylor and Billy Major and Charlie Guest.
The Olympic winter hopes are also in action in ski slopestyle in Austria, cross-country skiing in Norway, mogul slope skiing in Sweden and short-track speed skating in Hungary.