09 March 2018
Bobsledder Mica McNeill: ‘We hit the crowdfunding target…I was in tears’
A remarkable response from the public means the Briton will be on the start line in Pyeongchang despite losing her Olympic funding
If I was in the back I’d be a nervous wreck but as the driver I feel in control. I know that nine times out of 10 we’re going to be fine.
I can tell Mica McNeill is a fighter even before hearing her story of courage and resilience. Tenacity pours out of her beneath the curved white tube of ice that comprises the bobsleigh track at Königssee – where McNeill will drive a sled down a dizzying slope at 80mph.
The Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang on Friday and she needs to steel herself during practice. A few weeks ago, McNeill and Mica Moore, her brakewoman, endured a terrifying crash at Altenburg that flipped their sled over and dragged them, upside down, along the ice. It was the latest ordeal in a five-month period when McNeill’s funding was ended by her own federation amid allegations of mismanagement while three men’s crews continued to be financed. Her defiant response was thrilling – and means she can participate as planned in her first Olympics.