The Canadian Olympic Committee is looking for the right recipe heading into Sochi 2014, and they're hoping a Crazy Canuck can cook it up.
Prior to Friday's World Cup bobsled event at Canada Olympic Park; Steve Podborski, the 1980 Olympic bronze medallist in downhill in Lake Placid, was introduced as the Chef de Mission for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Podborski, 54, served as the assistant Chef de Mission in Vancouver 2010.
He was hoping to be tasked with the job in 2014.
"I waited a long time, and I finally got the call and I was absolutely delighted." Podborski said.
Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, wasn't shy in predicting an even better medal haul than the 26 podium spots Canadians nabbed in 2010. which was good for third behind the OS. (37) and Germany (30). "(We will) not only succeed in Sochi, but to own the podium by finishing first in total medal count among the nations — nothing less," Aubut said in a speech introducing Podborski prior to World Cup bobsled competitors taking the track Friday at Canada Olympic Park.
"An ambitious goal, yes, but one that is achievable."
And that's just fine with Podborski a Toronto native who now makes his home in Vancouver.
"Depending on who you're talking to, some people would describe me as very compen-
tive or crazy competitive. I tend to skew towards the lat-ter", Podborski said.
With the countdown to the Feb. 7. 2014, opening ceremonies officially on, 2010 men's skeleton gold medallist Ion Montgomery says Podborski has all the qualities needed for the position. The Chef de Mission role involves everything from shaking hands and representing Canada, to helping Olympic athletes with what-ever it is they may need, all qualities Montgomery says Podborski has and will bring to the job.
"Somebody who's got the vast level of experience that Steve | does brings a| level of comfort to the athletes that he can speak to something that he knows about first-hand", Montgomery said.
"When he's communicating with the athletes, they can take him at his word."
"Depending on who you're talking to, some people would describe me as very competitive or crazy competitive."
Source: Scott Mitchell