Team GB’s Olympic bobsleigh team had to patiently await their Bronze medals for just under 6 years, but now they have handed them back after the discovery that they had been engraved incorrectly.
The GB sledders won their Bronze medals during the Winter Olympics in 2014. Despite initially placing in 5th position, they were upgraded after two Russian bobsleigh teams were disqualified as doping offences were brought to light.
Team GB eventually received their medals last month and instantly were aware of the incorrect engraving. The medals read “bobsleigh 4-men event.” Whereas the correct engravement would have been “Bobsleigh 4-man Event.”
The leading man and pilot John Jackson told BBC Sport; “Receiving the medal nearly six years after the medal ceremony in 2014 was a relief.”
“To then realise there was a typo on just summed up the whole farcical situation we had been through.”
“After all of the waiting for one of the most prized possessions of any Olympic athlete, when it came to it, the IOC still couldn’t get it right.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) were given no choice but to issue new medals to Team GB, as the Russian athletes who previously finished on the podium refused to return their medals following on from their disqualification.
Furthermore, athletes from the United States who were also upgraded in the event from Bronze to Silver, also received faulty medals concerning the engraving. However the American’s have since been allocated the corrected medals, with Team GB expected to receive theirs in the coming weeks.