Jesse Lumsden (L) and Justin Kripps are two of the Canadian bobsi.ledders rocking beards in SochThe Canadian bobsleigh team's full of quirky characters who have everything from odd hair and beards to CFL ties. That league really does get everywhere these days, from shoutouts at Hollywood parties to appearances on Modern Family, and now, it's showing up in the Olympics, accompanied by a bunch of wildly-hairy bobsledders. Oddly enough, the one man who's discussing his CFL apparel is the clean-shaven member of the bunch, though. That would be Lyndon Rush, who drove the Canada-1 sled to bronze in the four-man bobsleigh in 2010. Rush was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan (along with fellow Canadian Olympians William Dutton, who's competing in long-track speed-skating, and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who competed in heptathlon in London in 2012) and grew up as a fan of the Roughriders. As he told The Canadian Press, his CFL allegiances are reflected in, of all things, the footwear he brought to Sochi:
The 33-year-old from Humboldt, Sask., confessed Wednesday that he brought three pairs of Saskatchewan Roughrider socks with him to the Games
"They're just sort of in the rotation so I don't really wear them any time specific. But when they come up, I always smile putting on the Rider socks," he told a news conference prior to a training session.
Rush said with pride that he "really did grow up where everybody knew everybody."
"Now that I'm doing bobsleigh for Canada, the town is really excited about it," he said....
"Humboldt's really excited about it ... It makes us feel really special to be from there," Rush said. "It's a lot of fun whenever we do get to go home because they treat us like rock stars. It's pretty neat."
Funnily enough, though, some Roughrider rivals are also represented on the Canadian team, as Jesse Lumsden will be competing for Canada in both the two-man (with driver Christopher Spring) and four-man (with Spring, Ben Coakwell and Cody Sorensen). Lumsden shone in both the CIS and CFL ranks, starring at the university level with McMaster before playing in the CFL with Hamilton, Edmonton and Calgary (plus having brief NFL stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins). He demonstrated great potential at the CFL level, but his numerous injuries kept him from consistently succeeding. They weren't what eventually caused him to leave the sport in 2010, though; that was his desire to focus on bobsleigh.Read More »from Weird and wacky Canadian men’s bobsleigh team includes Lyndon Rush’s CFL socks, Jesse Lumsden’s hair, everyone’s beards