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Joel Fearon

Bobsled GBR

Joel Fearon

Joel Fearon
  • Birth date 10/11/1988
  • Birthplace Coventry
  • Residence Loughborough
  • Height/Weight 5'10"/ 211 lbs
  • Olympics 2014


  • Marital status
  • Married
  • Residence
  • Loughborough, ENG
  • Hobbies
  • Cycling, spending time with family. (, Feb 2017)
  • Injuries
  • He missed the 2016 British athletics Olympic trials because of injury. (, 02 Nov 2016)
  • Memorable sporting achievement
  • Finishing fourth in the two-man event at the 2016 World Championships in Igls, Austria. (, 14 Feb 2017)
  • Other sports
  • He has competed for Great Britain in athletics [sprinting] at international level. He ran the joint-third fastest [at the time] 100m by a British sprinter at the 2016 English Championships in Bedford, England [9.96s]. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2017;, 01 Aug 2016)
  • Famous relatives
  • His brother-in-law James Dasaolu competed in athletics [100m] at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (, 18 Feb 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Aug 2016)
  • Why this sport?
  • His athletics coach Michael Khmel suggested he try bobsleigh.
  • Hero / Idol
  • His father. (, Feb 2017)
  • Ambitions
  • To win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 30 Jul 2016)
  • Name of coach
  • Lee Johnston [national], GBR
  • Preferred position / style / stance / technique
  • Brakeperson
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • He took up bobsleigh in 2011.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English
  • Other information
    In November 2017 he and his teammates in the Great Britain team were promoted from fifth place to the bronze medal position in the four-man event of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, after the Russian Federation teams were disqualified due to anti-doping violations. (IOC Disciplinary Commission, 29 Nov 2017; IOC Disciplinary Commission, 24 Nov 2017)

    After competing in bobsleigh at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he dropped out of the British national programme. He wanted to focus on athletics, and joined a new sprint coach. He returned to bobsleigh in 2015 after injuries had left him with a lack of income. "We did what we could to stay afloat. I did a little pizza delivery job in the evening to pay the bills and keep a roof over our heads. My wife did some childminding and my parents helped out when they could. It was tough, but it was humbling at the same time. Doing bobsleigh and returning to my old coach was just going back to what works for me." (, 18 Feb 2017;, Feb 2017)
  • Family
  • Wife Jemima, sons Simeon and David
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