ATHLETICS, jumping, and all that jazz have taken a back seat to the rear seat in a bobsleigh for Gillian Cooke but when I bumped into her amid the frenzy of London 2012, the Edinburgh Olympian revealed plans to once again expand her sporting horizons.
Cooke has won Scottish long jump and pole vault titles, and triple jump and sprints. She contested the first two at the Commonwealth Games, triple jumped at the Youth Games, and sprinted for Scotland. She was steeped in athletics until she answered an advert on Facebook and tried out for the GB bobsleigh squad. Five months after her debut on ice she was world champion – Britain's first in 44 years. Then she was in the Olympic team.
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