Faces to watch for in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics
The Bobsleigh events take place on February 18-21, 24-25 (Days 9-12, 15-16). Our team at Elite Sports Therapy is especially excited to watch our patients Seyi Smith and Melissa Lotholz compete for gold.
Oluseyi or Seyi Smith’s first Olympic experience was at London 2012 where he was part of Canada’s 4x100m relay team.
Prior to London, Smith had competed for Canada in athletics since the age of 16. Whether it be at the World Youth Championships, Pan American Junior Championships, World Junior Championships, World University Games, Commonwealth Games or multiple World Championships, Smith has many years of experience competing in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.
In 2017 Smith decided to make the switch from summer to winter sport and has been training with Canada’s bobsleigh team in preparation for the 2017-18 World Cup circuit and PyeongChang 2018.
Seyi sees our massage therapist Jeff Burgess and chiropractor Murray Heber on a regular basis throughout his training season to help keep him performing optimally and to prevent any injuries.
Melissa Lotholz always had an appetite for bobsleigh. But it wasn’t a sport she could pursue right away, instead becoming a varsity track and field athlete at the University of Alberta.
After the 2013-14 season, she began training specifically for bobsleigh, having impressed recruiters with her dryland testing at a talent identification camp the year prior. She moved to Calgary and within a few months earned a spot as the brakeman for two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries.
She made her international debut in a North American Cup race in November 2014 before making her World Cup debut in Lake Placid just a month later. As a rookie, Lotholz stood on three World Cup podiums.
In 2015-16 she and Humphries reached the podium in all eight World Cup races, winning gold at four of them to claim the overall World Cup title. They also captured silver together at the world championships in Igls, Austria.
Lotholz began the 2016-17 season pushing for Alysia Rissling but returned to Humphries’ sled in January and won three more World Cup medals before claiming a second straight world championship silver. Lotholz stood on the podium with Humphries at the first three World Cups of 2017-18, winning two of them.
Melissa sees our therapist Alex Greaves for Ki-Hara Resistance Training and chiropractor Murray Heber on a regular basis throughout her Bobsleigh season to help keep her performing to her fullest potential and to prevent help any injuries.