2012-2013 Season Summary

This season which began in October and concluded in March 2013 has been my most intensive and successful to date. After placing second overall in the North America's Cup, I am currently ranked 37th in the world and as a result, Ireland has regained its World Cup spot for the upcoming 2013-2014 season heading into the Olympic year. This placing is tied for second overall for small nations.

I began the year with races in Park City, Utah, Calgary and Whistler, where I became familiar with my new sled, helmet and runners. As the season progressed I was able to travel to compete on European tracks for the first time and compete in the World Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland. Where I placed 31st. I also trained in Winterberg, Innsbruck and Königssee.

Returning to North America I concluded racing in Lake Placid, New York with two North Americas Cup races where I was able to place 3rd and 5th consecutively. These results allowed me to take the 2nd place over all points title for the North Americas Cup for 2012-2013.

My goal now is to work very hard in the off-season to get my push start faster. I will be living in Calgary, Alberta so that I can train on the only Ice-house ( a refrigerated warehouse with the start section of a bobsled-skeleton track ) in North America. This will help me keep focused on my speed gains from this season as well as work on different techniques for the next season.

With the support of friends, family and sponsors I hope to be able to work full time at my goal and earn Ireland a top 20 finish at the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement this past year.

Seán


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