Four-man bobsleigh team set to receive Sochi 2014 bronze medal

Team GB's four-man bobsleigh team will receive their bronze medal from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Team GB Ball on Thursday 21 November in London.

The GB 1 crew consisting of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon finished the competition in fifth place but following the disqualification of two crews, have been promoted into the bronze medal position.

Athletes from both Russia 1 (gold medallists) and Russia 2 (fourth) were found to have committed doping violations following thorough re-analysis of samples taken at the Games.

In being awarded the bronze medal, it takes Team GB’s tally for Sochi 2014 to five medals (one gold, one silver and three bronze), matching the tally won at PyeongChang 2018.

The athletes will be presented with their bronze medals at the Team GB Ball at Old Billingsgate tomorrow evening.

John Jackson, pilot of Team GB 1 crew, said: "With less than a month to go, it is starting to feel real. It has been an emotional rollercoaster since the McLaren report first came out.

“Anger, disappointment, happiness, frustration and pure relief, once we had been told it was official. We will never have that Olympic moment, but receiving our medal at the Team GB Ball will be a special moment."

British Olympic Association Chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: “This is another example of Team GB athletes denied their moment on the rostrum at an Olympic Games by doping cheats.

“Whilst we can never replace that moment at Sochi five years ago, I know that everyone at this year’s Team GB ball will help John, Bruce, Stuart and Joel mark the occasion in the best possible way.”

The process of reallocation begins with the sanctioning of athletes following the retesting of samples from the Olympic Games. Those disqualified athletes then have a right to appeal.

If a disqualified athlete’s appeal is unsuccessful, the IOC is only then able to officially reallocate the medals and will do so informing the British Olympic Association.