Something in the hair for Canadian men

Wed Feb 5, 2014 4:12am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - There is something in the hair for Canada's Olympic bobsleigh team.

Pilots Chris Spring and Justin Kripps, with brakeman Jesse Lumsden and pusher Cody Sorensen, would not look out of place behind a pack of huskies, mushing along with ice in their beards and a glint of gold in the eyes.

Introduced to the media on Wednesday as "one hairy group of guys", although 'mane attraction' might also do, the four form part of a bigger bobsleigh squad that will not be troubling a barber shop any time soon.

At least one of them has not cut his hair in years.

"I think Tim Randall actually started it, he's on my four man team. He's always rocking a pretty large beard," said Kripps.

"You know, we all just kind of picked it up and started growing it towards the end of the summer. We think it better represents the culture of bobsledding in Canada than our clean-shaven counterparts."

As he spoke, he grinned across at Olympic 2010 four-man bronze medalist Lyndon Rush - very much the odd man out with a head as smooth on top as his exposed and naked chin.

In Lumsden's case, it will be hair today and gone tomorrow.   Continued...