Coast still home for Spring as he launches Olympic attack

ON THE EDGE OF GREATNESS: Chris Spring and his Canadian teammates are aiming for gold at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
ON THE EDGE OF GREATNESS: Chris Spring and his Canadian teammates are aiming for gold at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. CONTRIBUTED

STANDING on the "edge of greatness", Chris Spring has spoken about his enduring love of the Sunshine Coast and Australia as he eyes gold for Canada at next year's Sochi Winter Olympics.

The pilot of Canada II's four-man bobsleigh team grew up at Caloundra and represented Australia at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

He abandoned his birth country that same year, however, due to a lack of funding for the sport.

Despite the 29-year-old admitting he feels more Canadian than Australian "right now", he guards his heritage closely.

He may wear the maple leaf and feel proud when he sings the Canadian national anthem, but he still loves celebrating his Australianism.

He said being a Canadian citizen and representing his new home did not make him any less Australian.

"I try hard to keep my accent, to use the Aussie lingo," he said.

"I'm proud to say I'm an Aussie and love everything about being an Aussie.

"Whenever I'm home in Caloundra with family and friends, I'm Australian again, and I love how that place makes me feel like that.

"I miss the Coast almost every day and it'll always be home for me."

Spring arrived in Sochi yesterday for a two-week training block ahead of the Games' opening ceremony on February 7.

Canada's bobsleigh teams will not be officially announced until January, but Spring is expected to be selected.

After finishing 22nd in the two-man event at Vancouver, he wants gold in the Russian city.

"The confidence for winning gold comes from everyone around me," he said.

"They instil that confidence in me in so many different ways, but the biggest thing is my team."

"THE guys I have behind me this season are the strongest, fastest team I've ever had," Spring said..

"These guys will put me in a position for a medal from the very beginning and then it's my job to hold on to that medal.

"I've never had that kind of confidence and I can't wait to get the season started."

The winner of multiple World Cup medals, Spring also steered four-man and two-man teams to Canadian national championships this year.

He said his driving had improved dramatically since the last Olympics.

"Physically I'm in the best shape of my career as well, and it's hard not to be on the edge of greatness being in such a professional program that is Bobsleigh Canada," he said.

"This program breeds excellence. It demands professionalism.

"It takes you in and spits you out with a chance of being an Olympic or world champion.

"What more could you ask for?"

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