JOHN BAINES will ensure his Winter Olympic debut stays with him forever after revealing the Great Britain number two four-man bobsleigh crew’s plans to get a Games tattoo following their 19th-place finish.
Topcliffe-based Baines had a busier than expected bow in Sochi as he acted as a late replacement for the injured Craig Pickering in the two-man event before coming back out as planned for the four-man.
The 28-year-old finished 23rd with pilot Lamin Deen in the two-man and insisted that finish would be improved upon in the four-man – and the RAF airman was not wrong.
Joining forces with Deen again as well as Ben Simons and Andrew Matthews, himself the late replacement for Pickering in the four-man, the British number two crew placed 19th after four runs in Sochi.
They finished with an overall time of three minutes 43.52 seconds and Baines admitted that the four have all been shopping for an Olympic tattoo to remember the experience.
“With the two-man, being on the back of the sled it is almost individual. The driver does his thing and you just get in the back of that sled and hit it as hard as you can,” said Baines.
“Whereas when it comes to the four-man, the guys in the back become a brotherhood and really work together and push together. We are all there together.
“We have been shopping for an Olympic tattoo that we are going to get together as well – that will be a fun experience and it is something you have got to do.
“We always want to be within a tenth of the world’s best on the start. That was our aim and we met it. To say that we are within a tenth of the world’s best is absolutely amazing.
“Andy has stepped in over the last few weeks and really stepped up to the mark and competed against the best in the world and done really well. We are all proud.”
While Baines and the number two British four-man crew were toasting 19th, the first choice quartet of John Jackson, Joel Fearon, Stuart Benson and Bruce Tasker were an impressive fifth.
But there will be no rest for Baines now that the Games are over as he turns his attentions to the British Championships and Inter Service Championships in Igls in Austria.
“The Royal Air Force have given me the support to come out here and compete,” he added. “Now I have got the British Championships and the Inter Service Championships.
“I am going there with the Royal Air Force and hopefully win the Inter Services.”
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