National Bobsleigh Athlete for Team Canada
Who is Taylor Austin?
Taylor is a bobsledder who competes in two-men and four-men internationally for Team Canada. He was born in Lethbridge, AB but currently resides in Calgary, AB where he trains at the Winsport Canada Olympic Park training facility.
Taylor has been working tirelessly for the past 8 years to one day competing in the Winter Olympics representing Team Canada. He has his sights on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Taylor is grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and is living his dream as a bobsleigh athlete, enjoying life one icy shoot at a time.
What is Bobsleigh?
Bobsleighs are built to hold two or four athletes. Beginning with a running start, teams push their sleds approximately 50 metres before jumping in and speeding more than 1200 metres down an ice track.
Men and women compete in separate two-man events, in which each sled includes a pilot and a brakeman.The teams with the lowest cumulative times, measured to the hundredth of a second (0.01), are the winners.
Modern tracks are made of concrete, coated with ice. They are required to have at least one straight section and one labyrinth (three turns in quick succession without a straight section). Speeds may exceed 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph), and some curves can subject the crews to as much as 5 g.
Taylor is coming off his best year yet - he is currently ranked 14th in the world among 80 sleds and ranked second in Canada.
His last victories are the four-men and two-men in Lake Placid, where Taylor placed 1st in both two-man and four-man bobsleigh races in the North American Cup circuit.
Concluding the season in Lake Placid, New York, Taylor won six of eight races as well as the overall rankings ahead of Canadian teammate Jeff McKeen and American Nick Cunningham, who took second and third, respectively.
What's next for Taylor?
Taylor is taking advantage of the off-season to rest the body and the mind and get everything settled for next season.
Preseason starts with physical training, spring training, weight training and trying to get as strong, explosive and fast as possible. It’s a full-time job. Between training and recovery and therapy and when the season starts the team is travelling and competing full-time.
How can you help?
Most journeys to the Olympics are self-funded and this page was started to help fund the aggressive travel schedule to compete in the Olympic qualifiers for the 2022 Olympics.