Toby
Olubi

Place of birthLondon

Age31
Height6' 4"
Weight112kg

Toby joined the British Bobsleigh set up in June 2013 after responding to an open invite in the lead up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

He met the minimum requirements in his very first testing session and just missed out on a podium place in his maiden outing on the ice when he finished fourth in the two-man event at the North Americas Cup alongside Lamin Deen. He only had to wait 24 hours to reach the rostrum, however, as he and Deen placed third on the same track a day later, and things got even better when he grabbed gold in his first four-man competition that very same week. Toby topped the standings with John Baines, Andy Matthews and Deen to start his bobsleigh career in style, and he followed it up with a second-place finish the same day.

Toby missed much of the 2015/16 season with injury but he was back among the medals the following season when he won Europa Cup silver alongside Bruce Tasker in December 2016 after coming within a hundredth of a second of breaking a long-standing start record in Altenberg. He finished in the top 10 in both the 2-man and the 4-man events at the 2017 European Championships and competed at five of the six World Cup races post-Christmas that season.

Toby in his own words... 

  • Nickname: Tobstar, Super T, Toblerone, Toby-time, Horselegs
  • Most likely to be spotted: on the dance floor
  • Least likely to be found: shopping in the petite section
  • Me in three words: unorthodox, punctual, uptownfunk
  • Hero: anyone who stands for what they believe in (for the greater good), even if it means going against the crowd
  • Random fact: I achieved 5 A*s and 6 As in my GCSE's; my girlfriend is literally half my size; I have a long life ambition to audition for Magic Mike
  • If I wasn't a bobsledder: I'd be Batman
  • Career highlights: Winning my first gold medal in the four-man America's Cup competition at Park City 2013. It was Great Britain's first America's Cup gold and a pretty proud moment