Bruce
Tasker

Olympic Team Leader

Bruce Tasker rejoined the British Bobsleigh programme as a coach during the 2019/20 season, a year after he officially retired as an athlete, and was subsequently appointed to the role of Olympic Team Leader.

Bruce led the team at the Beijing Games in February 2022 after first stepping up to the position midway through 2021.

Working closely with individual crew coaches during the latter part of the Beijing cycle, Bruce led on all areas of the wider team’s Olympic preparation before heading up the delegation in China at the sport's showpiece event.

Bruce previously enjoyed a stellar sliding career stretching over eight years and two Olympic cycles.

The former 400 and 200 metre runner is an Olympic medallist from Sochi 2014, having won bronze with John Jackson, Stu Benson and Joel Fearon in Russia four years after he made the switch from athletics track to ice track.

Bruce had to wait nearly six years to receive that medal after initially finishing fifth behind two Russian sleds who were later disqualified for doping offences.

As well as his historic Olympic exploits in Sochi, Bruce tasted success on the World Cup, Europa Cup and North American Cup circuits.

He won World Cup silver with his Sochi crew at Lake Placid in 2013 and World Cup bronze with Brad Hall, Greg Cackett and Fearon in Park City in November 2017 and appeared at no fewer than six World Championships.

Having started as a push athlete, Bruce went on to become a pilot, making history at the 2016 World Championships when he drove Fearon to a fourth-place finish in the 2-man competition - Great Britain’s best World Championship result in that discipline for fully 50 years.

Bruce suffered a stroke in January 2018 and was forced to miss the PyeongChang Olympics as a result. He called time on his sliding career in October of that year but went on to coach the Royal Navy bobsleigh team to victory at the Inter Service Championships in Konigssee prior to rejoining the BBSA.