Harwin sponsors GB bobsleigh team competing at 2022 Winter Olympics
28 April 2021
Supporting both engineering innovation & sporting achievement, UK interconnect manufacturer, Harwin has announced that it is now an official sponsor of Great Britain’s bobsleigh team. The team is currently preparing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, due to be held in Beijing next February.
The sled currently used by the GB bobsleigh team is no longer suitable for winning medals and the team is trying to raise funds to purchase a new sled at a cost of around £110,000. The sled would need to showcase the latest innovations in aerodynamics and material science, since it will reach speeds of over 90mph as it travels down the winding 1.2-mile-long track at Xiaohaituo, just outside Beijing. As competing sleds must be a maximum of 630kg with the 4-man crew are on board, it needs to be lightweight, yet strong enough to deal with the G forces involved. These can reach 6G when negotiating some of the sharp bends – almost double the G force that astronauts are subjected to during rocket launches.
Leading the team is Lamin Deen, who is already a double Olympian, having previously competed at both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. Lamin’s career highlights include 5th place in the 2015 World Championships and a silver medal in the 2017 World Cup, an event where he broke the track record with a top speed of 97 mph. Currently an active serviceman with the Grenadier Guards, Lamin has represented the Army in a variety of sports, including boxing, basketball and athletics. He is joined by experienced brakeman, Ben Simons, plus world-class runners Joel Fearon and James Dasaolu, who have both clocked sub-10s times in the 100m sprint. Former long jumper, Greg Rutherford completes the line-up and brings gold medal winning experience from the London 2012 Olympics.
“Harwin’s philosophy has always been about finding pioneering ways to set new benchmarks and striving to accomplish more. The technology that we develop has to perform under the most challenging of circumstance and cope with the most extreme conditions, and we definitely recognise these traits in what the GB bobsleigh team are currently doing,” says Ben Green, Head of Marketing Communications at Harwin. “All of us here at Harwin wish them every success.”
“With direct financial backing for bobsleigh from UK Sport coming to an end after the Pyeongchang games, we’ve needed to find funding from alternative sources,” adds Lamin Deen, pilot of the GB bobsleigh team. “Harwin’s involvement in this venture is greatly appreciated. It will enable us to get the most out of our training and testing programmes during the months ahead, and hopefully help to give us an edge when we compete in Beijing 2022.”
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