Russell sets sights on historic double
Jamaican female sprinter and bobsleigher, Carrie Russell, dreams of becoming the nation's first medallist at both the winter and summer Olympic Games following Jamaica's historic performance at the North American Cup Bobsled Championship in Lake Placid in the United States last Monday.
With her rapid growth in bobsleigh and continued improvement in the sprints, the 26 year-old, who is using bobsleigh to aid her development as a sprinter on the recommendation of coach Stephen Francis, says her goal now is to win a medal at the two quadrennial games.
"I need to be one of the persons that accomplish greatness ... so, for me, creating history is all that matters now. To have a winter gold medal and a summer gold medal would be a big thing for me and Mr Francis," she told the Sunday Gleaner.
She revealed she has seen improvement in her sprinting since taking up the bobsleigh challenge.
"I went home at Christmas, and in my 30 and 40 metres in training, there was a huge improvement. So for the next three months (in bobsleigh training), I need to get in the zone and do the programme Mr Francis sent me," she said.
Russell admits that combining the training for both events is tough, but her affection for bobsleigh is growing and she and team captain Jazmin Fenlator-Victorian are confident they can medal at next year's Winter Olympics in Korea.
"It's very hectic being a track and field athlete and a bobsleigher, but I am trying to balance it. I am working with the instructions Mr Francis gives me, and it's working. I do a sprinter's workout, a gym workout and a bobsleigh workout. It's hectic trying to do everything, but it is working,' she reasoned.
Meanwhile, Fenlator-Victorian, wants to continue building on what they achieved in the US on Monday.
"Carrie has grown ... and now our goal is to get to the top of the podium in Korea. We are not satisfied, we want to be winning and dominating, so this is the beginning of our journey to the Olympics," she said
Both are presently in Park City, Utah, for a three-week training stint. They will then have a test event in Korea in March, which will be their first time on an Olympic track racing. "Our goal is to make a huge splash on the world stage. So we really want a performance that will give us some momentum going into the Olympic season," she added.