Jason Oliveri is a pilot for the Australian Men’s Bobsleigh team and has been competing since 2008.
Born in Australia, Jason grew up on the east coast in sunny Brisbane, seemingly as far away from snow and ice as you can get! As a youth he competed in basketball and junior athletics and excelled in sprinting. He always had a dream to represent Australia at the Olympics.
Jason eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Ted Polglaze, who was also a former sprinter and represented Australia at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano in the 4-man bobsleigh event.
After an interesting, first ever run down the course where the brakes on the sled failed to work, Jason was hooked. He eventually moved from the back of the sled as a brakemen to the front seat as a pilot.
Jason has recently relocated to Vancouver and will be training in the city and at the Whistler track. He plans to compete in the North America’s Cup bobsleigh circuit which will take him to tracks in Whistler and Calgary in Canada, and Park City and Lake Placid in the USA.
Jason ultimately hopes to represent Australia in bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.