SMITH Oluseyi < Back  
Sport Athletics, Bobsleigh
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 21 Feb 1987 in Ife, NGR
Height1.90 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation Engineer
Languages English, French, Italian
Higher education Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up bobsleigh in 2017.
Why this sport? He previously competed in athletics, including in the 4x100m relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but after failing to make the Canadian team for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, he began to focus on a career in electrical engineering. He still kept himself fit, so his coach suggested he should try bobsleigh. "In my [athletics] career there have been so many missed opportunities. I never really got to achieve what I truly believed I could achieve. Whether it was injuries or technicalities, I just got left with a bitter feeling, which is probably why I was so quick to jump on this. I feel like bobsled is an opportunity for me to redeem myself."
Club / Team Ottawa Lions: Canada
Name of coach Todd Hays [national], USA; Glenroy Gilbert [personal], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Brakeperson
General Interest
Nicknames Seyi, Shay (, Jan 2018)
Hobbies Watching movies, international politics, playing volleyball, travelling, listening to podcasts. (, Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career Coach Glenroy Gilbert. (, 30 Nov 2017)
Injuries He missed the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation, because of stress fractures in his feet and recurring knee problems. (, 30 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Only 24-hour athletes have success. Pressure is opportunity." (, 24 May 2013)
Other sports He competed in athletics [4x100m relay] at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and played volleyball for Loughborough University in England. (, Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2012)
Ambitions To compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, Jan 2018)