As the Winter Olympics in Beijing looms on our horizon this is an evocative look back on the first team of six that Ireland sent to the Games 30 years ago.
Since 1992 thirty-one athletes have represented Ireland across seven Winter Olympics, with the top Irish result to date coming from Baron Clifton Wrottesley who finished just outside the medals in fourth place in the Skeleton in 2002 at Salt Lake City.
Ireland’s first Winter Olympic flagbearer was Dubliner Pat McDonagh, who competed in the 2-Man Bobsleigh alongside brakeman Terry McHugh.
McDonagh, who also competed in two Summer Olympic Games as a rower, Moscow 1980 (coxed 4), Seoul 1988 (coxed pairs), was recruited to the bobsleigh when he responded to a note left on his boat at Henley Regatta in 1986.
This is his story.
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