Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Lifestyle Benefiting Canada's Christopher Spring Ahead of Bobsled Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Lifestyle Benefiting Canada's Christopher Spring Ahead of Bobsled Season

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Spring makes big changes for Olympic season

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Canadian bobsled pilot Christopher Spring decided at the end of the summer that he was going to dramatically change his lifestyle.

He sold his car, got rid of the majority of his belongings and purchased a GMC Savannah van, which he now calls home.

"I just saw how much I don't need things in my life anymore," Spring said from Whistler, B.C. "I gave away three-quarters of all my Olympic gear from the last two Olympics. I just gave it away to friends, family, whoever. And then gave away bags and bags of winter clothes, and snow gear and whatever, gave it to charity and people in need.

"I just have a few things that I need and a few memories that I cherish and that's it for me, man."

The big life decisions appear to be paying off on the track. The 33-year-old reached a speed of 154.5 km/h during a four-man bobsled training run Wednesday at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

It's the fastest speed recorded by a sled (bobsled, skeleton or luge) at the venue in over seven years. Spring's team of Alex Kopacz, Josh Kirkpatrick and Derek Plug accomplished the feat in preparation for the second round of World Cup selection races that start Friday.

Fellow Canadian Nick Poloniato had a time of 153.6 km/h last season, the previous best with the current track configuration. Prior to that, a record time of 153.4 km/h was established at the Vancouver Olympics.

Slightly faster times were recorded before the start heights were lowered in 2010. Spring said the Whistler track -- arguably the fastest in the world -- is very steep with little pressure in the corners.

"Honestly, this speed record isn't due to me driving any better," Spring said. "It was great conditions, it was colder during the morning, but dry. The sun was out, the sun wasn't too hot (high of 6 C). I wouldn't say I did anything different."

He added: "At the end of the day, we still need to win races. And having the fastest speed is a good indicator of winning races, but is not the be all end all. …

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