British bobsleigher Bruce Tasker will miss the xxxiii Olympic Winter games that starts in Pyeongchang, South Korea in four weeks’ time after suffering a minor stroke last week.
The Welshman was admitted to hospital on January 4th after feeling ‘dizzy and nauseous’ and will now miss the chance to take part in what would have been his second Olympic games.
The 30 year old said “To me, this was a completely freak occurrence. I was unlucky to be in this situation, but I'm lucky to have come out of it unscathed, I'm set to make a 100% recovery and I already feel as though I'm most of the way there.”
After deciding to switch careers from Athletics to the bob sled in 2010, Tasker has had a successful career competing in six world championships and the last Olympic games held in Sochi. During that time, he was part of the team that took Silver in the 2013 World Cup event held at Lake Placid USA, while also taking a bronze last November during another World cup event, this time held in Utah USA.
He has also been a member of the four man crew that has finished fifth in three successive world champions.
Whilst those involved in the Sochi Games are currently awaiting news on a possible Olympic bronze medal following the disqualification of Russian athletes that competed in two separate crews during that finished above the British entry.
At the moment Tasker is on the mend and hopes to make a 100% recovery to return to full fitness in time for next season.
UK Sport has set the Great Britain team a target of five medals as they look to make the Pyeongchang 2018 Games Britain’s most successful ever, with Bobsleigh as one of the events they had hopes of producing a medal.