Graeme Rinholm had always dreamed of competing in the 100m final at the Olympic Games, but during his university track career he realized that dream would probably never come true. Instead, he decided to switch his focus to bobsleigh which would also utilize his love of sprinting.
Rinholm began by competing on the North American Cup circuit in 2010-11, but also made his world championship debut that season as a member of Chris Spring’s four-man crew. Rinholm moved onto the World Cup squad in 2011-12, but had his season come to an early end when he was involved in a horrific crash in Altenberg, Germany in January 2012. The sled piloted by Spring crashed into the track roof during training. Rinholm was knocked out and suffered a broken fibula as well as lacerations to his upper legs and buttocks.
Rinholm rejoined the national team in 2012-13, which included a trip to the world championships as a member of Justin Kripps’ four-man sled.
Getting Into the Sport: Started bobsleigh at age 24… Was approached by National Development coach Amanda Stepenko based on his performance in the 60m at the 2010 CIS Track and Field Championships to attend a testing camp…School: Graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science (High Honours) in Biochemistry…Outside Interests: During the season watches a lot of movies and plays games on his iPhone, such as Hill Climber and Peggle.. During the off-season enjoys floating down the Bow River in rafts…Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “Deal with the situation when it’s critical.” – Derek Plug…
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