Greg Rutherford takes step towards Beijing 2022

The 2012 Olympic long jump champion has been named to GB's four-man bobsleigh squad

By Scott Bregman
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2012 Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is a little closer to his dream of becoming the first British Olympian to win medals in both summer and winter Olympic Games.

The Brit was named to his country's national team for the four-man bobsleigh this week after trials at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association headquarters.

“There were a few doubters when I said I wanted to make the Winter Olympics in April but I always back and believe in myself and I am absolutely delighted to have been selected,” said Rutherford, according to the Guardian. “I am extremely confident we can qualify for Beijing and go on to achieve something very special.”

After being named to the squad, Rutherford now prepares for his first international competition in a few weeks' time in Austria. In order to qualify to the Beijing Olympic Games, which are scheduled to begin 4 Februrary 2022, he will need to help his team finish in the top 12 at three qualifying events. The final event is January's European Championships.

Rutherford has competed in three summer Games (Beijing, London and Rio) and owns a long jump bronze medal from Rio 2016, in addition to his 2012 gold.

If he were to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, he would become the seventh Olympian to win a medal in both summer and winter competition. Only two, Eddie Eagan and Gillis Grafström, have won golds at both.