St. Stephen native training for Olympics in Sochi
Emily Baadsvik is spare for Canada's bobsled team at 2014 Winter Games
A New Brunswick native is in Germany, training for the Olympics in Sochi, as a spare for Canada's bobsled team.
Emily Baadsvik, who is originally from St. Stephen, says her main goal is to support her team and be a good teammate.
“I think it's going to be a great experience going as a spare, and I'm excited to just be there and feel the energy,” she told CBC’s Information Morning Saint John.
"Even if I'm only going as a spare, I know in my heart I'm as good as the people who are racing.”
Baadsvik, who now lives in Calgary, was inspired to get into the sport by watching teammates Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries win gold in the 2010 Vancouver games.
The 2014 Winter Games will be her fourth time visiting Sochi, and she is getting more familiar with the venue, she said.
She was first there two years ago to test the safety of the bobsled track.
"I had the privilege of homologating with Jenny Ciochetti about two years ago, which means we were one of seven teams that were the feet-first people to go down the track and just to basically prove that it's safe and drivable,” she said.
“I was a guinea pig, yes, wearing full hockey equipment holding on for dear life.”