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Bobsled pilot Rolando Isidro and brakeman Jeffrey de la Cruz, both of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), are the first bobsledders of the Philippines and South East Asia. The pair have been assigned with the PNBLSA, in a partnership agreement with the PCG, and have been training for the last four months at Olympiaworld Innsbruck, the highest sports authority in Tirol, Austria, which has generously provided the team with technical support and training.
The Europa Cup, organized by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), is one of the world’s most prestigious and important annual bobsled competitions. The PNBLSA bobsledders were guest participants of the IBSF and Olympiaworld Innsbruck. The Filipinos joined teams from around the world, including Germany, USA, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Australia, Latvia, Serbia, Romania, Japan, and 2014 Olympic bobsled champion Russia. International bobsled powerhouse Germany dominated the event, with sweeping victories in both the two-man and two-woman bobsled divisions.
The Filipinos, the first team to go on the Eiskanal for the competition, got off on a rocky start. Slippery conditions brought about by melting snow were factors that contributed to the Philippine sled’s minor crash near the end of the 1.2 kilometer course. However, the Filipinos rallied and made a successful second run, finishing slightly behind Team Japan.
“I am very happy with the performance of the Philippine Team,” said Consu Thelmo l Cunanan. “Although our times were behind those of the stronger European teams, the fact that we’re here and we’re able to participate in this difficult sport is a huge and historic accomplishment in itself. We are the first bobsled team from South East Asia/ASEAN.”
“If you consider that, unlike the other bobsledders at the Europa Cup, our athletes had never even seen ice or snow before coming to Austria, it makes our achievement even more impressive,” Consul Cunanan added.
After their successful Europa Cup debut, Messrs Isidro and De la Cruz will compete in two more bobsled races, the Austria Cup and the Tirol Cup, before returning to the Philippines in March.
Consul Cunanan is highly optimistic about the Philippines’ future success in bobsledding and related sports of luge and skeleton. “One of our most important accomplishments is that we have proven we can do this. The objective of the PNBLSA is to further develop this sport and give our athletes more experience in the coming winter games seasons by training and participating in other international competitions around the world. Our dream is to compete in Beijing in 2022 and we will prepare hard for that.”
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— Press Release provided by Consul Thelmo Cunanan
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