Cynthia Appiah and Dawn Richardson Wilson , of Canada, start the women's bobsleigh heat 3 at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Dawn Richardson Wilson


Dawn Richardson Wilson made her international bobsleigh debut in November 2018 with pilot Kori Hol on the North American Cup circuit. They stood on their first podium at the end of the month in Lake Placid and won their first race in January 2019 in Calgary. Pushed by Richardson Wilson in all but one race, Hol ended the season as the top-ranked pilot in the North American Cup two-woman standings. 

Richardson Wilson got into her first IBSF World Cup race in December 2019, pushing Christine de Bruin to a fifth-place finish in Lake Placid. But her season would be cut short by a concussion sustained in a training crash. Richardson Wilson became a fulltime World Cup brakewoman in 2020-21, but the Canadian team only competed in the second half of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She achieved a career-best fourth-place finish with pilot Cynthia Appiah in Innsbruck in January 2021. A week later, she made her world championship debut in Alysia Rissling’s sled.    

Richardson Wilson was reunited with Appiah on the World Cup circuit in 2021-22, recording a season-best seventh-place finish in St. Moritz. In her Olympic debut at Beijing 2022, Richardson Wilson placed eighth in the two-woman event with Appiah.

A Little More About Dawn

Getting into the Sport: Grew up competing in a lot of sports (basketball, rugby, athletics, weightlifting) but fell in love with bobsleigh after going to a recruitment camp… She joined the national team program in 2018… Outside Interests: Aspires to make sport spaces safer for individuals facing discrimination… Her family runs a restaurant that she helps out with when at home… Volunteers as a respite worker for autistic children in the summer… Would like to join the RCMP… Loves binge-watching TV and moves and playing board games with teammates… Joined the University of Calgary Dinos track and field team in 2022-23… Odds and Ends: Born in Accra, Ghana;  moved to Canada at age 2… Favourite motto: “If not now, then when”… 

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Beijing 2022BobsleighTwo-Woman8

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - 8th (2-woman w/ Appiah)

IBSF World Championships: 2021 - 12th (2-woman)