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Gregory Sun

Full Name: Gregory Sun
Born: August 10, 1962 (age 56 years)
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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Height: 6'0"
Event: Men’s Two Event

Career Highlights

2002

  • 35th; Men’s Two – Run 1 (with Andrew McNeilly); 49.74; Winter Olympics; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; February 16
  • 37th; Men’s Two – Run 2 (with Andrew McNeilly); 50.07; Winter Olympics; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; February 16
  • 37th; Men’s Two – Run 3 (with Errol Aguilera); 50.68; Winter Olympics; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; February 17
  • 34th; Men’s Two – Run 4 (with Errol Aguilera); 49.69; Winter Olympics; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; February 17

1998

  • 32nd; Men’s Two – Run 1 (with Curtis Harry); 56.74; Winter Olympics; Nagano, Japan; February 14
  • 32nd; Men’s Two – Run 2 (with Curtis Harry); 56.78; Winter Olympics; Nagano, Japan; February 14
  • 35th; Men’s Two – Run 3 (with Curtis Harry); 56.73; Winter Olympics; Nagano, Japan; February 15
  • 32nd; Men’s Two – Run 4 (with Curtis Harry); 56.40; Winter Olympics; Nagano, Japan; February 15

1994

  • 38th; Men’s Two – Run 1 (with Curtis Harry); 55.09; Winter Olympics; Lillehammer,  Norway; February 19
  • 37th; Men’s Two – Run 2 (with Curtis Harry); 54.88; Winter Olympics; Lillehammer, Norway; February 19
  • 38th; Men’s Two – Run 3 (with Curtis Harry); 55.14; Winter Olympics; Lillehammer,  Norway; February 20
  • 37th; Men’s Two – Run 4 (with Curtis Harry); 55.13; Winter Olympics; Lillehammer, Norway; February 20

Interesting Facts

 

  • Sun was the flag bearer for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

Biography

As the only Olympian to represent Trinidad and Tobago at three Winter Olympic Games, Gregory Sun made sure to capitalise on this opportunity, competing in the Men’s Two bobsleigh event  with fellow Winter Olympians Curtis Harry, Errol Aguilera and Andrew McNeilly. While bobsleigh can be described as a dynamic and exciting sport, it can also be very dangerous and as such, athletes must ensure that they wear protective gear such as helmets, goggles and start shoes, which are made of a synthetic material and have spikes on the soles of the shoes for traction during the start push.

Born on August 10th 1962, Sun made his debut at the age of 32, at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Partnered with Curtis Harry throughout the Games, the two clocked impressive times for athletes coming from a tropical country and where a sport such as bobsleigh is not one with which citizens at home easily identify with or even tend to take up and pursue.

Sun and Harry alternated between positions 37th and 38th in their Runs.  Run 1 saw them place 38th out of 43 participating nations, clocking a time of 55.09 seconds. In Run 2, they bettered their time to 54.88 seconds, placing 37th out of 43 competing countries. Encouraged by this result, the pair went into Run 3 determined as ever to better their previous time but dropped one place to 38th, with a time of 55.14 seconds. Not to be deterred by this result, Sun and Harry ensured that they would give it their all in the final run and went on to better their time to 55.13 seconds, placing 37th out of 42 participating nations. The final run saw Caribbean neighbours Jamaica being disqualified, which meant that Trinidad and Tobago was the highest placed Caribbean nation at these Games.

Gregory Sun would go on to compete at the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan, again with Curtis Harry as his partner throughout the competition. The hard work in preparing for these Games certainly paid off, as Sun and Harry would clock quite impressive times in the Men’s Two event. Run 1 saw the pair finish in 56.74 seconds, placing 32nd out of 38 participating nations. In Run 2, Sun and Harry clocked a time of 56.78 seconds, which saw them remaining at 32nd place so far in the competition. Even though the pair clocked in a better time of 56.73 seconds in Run 3, this time saw them drop a few places to 35th. However, they were not to be discouraged by this development and gave it their all in the final run,  for which they clocked in with a time of 56.40 seconds, finishing 32nd overall.

Gregory Sun’s participation in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. would be his last- he was now 40 years old – and as such, he was given the honour of being the flag bearer for the Trinidad and Tobago contingent at the Games’ Opening Ceremony. Curtis Harry was unable to compete in these Games, as he sustained an injury just a month prior. Sun would therefore compete with two other Trinidad and Tobago bobsleigh athletes, Errol Aguilera and Andrew McNeilly, who were both making their debuts for the red, white and black.

To give each debutant a fair experience of representing Trinidad and Tobago at the Winter Olympics, Sun partnered with McNeilly for the first two runs; Run 1 saw the pair finish with a time of 49.74 seconds, placing 35th out of 37 competing nations. With such a convincing performance, the pair went into Run 2 with much more determination and fought valiantly, despite placing 37th with a time of 50.07 seconds.

Sun was ready to partner with Aguilera for the final two runs, with the hope that no matter their placement, they would always be proud to represent their country at such a prestigious sporting event. The pair clocked in with a time of 50.68 seconds in Run 3, which saw them place 37th out of 37 competing nations. This result was not seen as a deterrent but rather as motivation to do better and the pair were rewarded for their efforts with a time of 49.69 seconds in Run 4, seeing them go up to 34th place.

It was indeed a satisfying end to Sun’s competing career as a bobsleigh athlete having represented Trinidad and Tobago at not one or two but three Winter Olympic Game.  He left his mark on these Games representing a small tropical country in a most remarkable event. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is virtually impossible to practise such a sport and there is very little support to be had from sporting organisations.  Yet Sun brought his name and country to the forum, proud and unabashed, brightening the line-up for the meet and also lighting the way for future aspirants from Trinidad and Tobago.

 

References

  • http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/su/gregory-sun-1.html

    http://www.olympic.org/bobsleigh-equipment-and-history

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/trinida-and-tobago-bobsleigh-athlete-gregory-sun-leads-his-news-photo/51515863

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