'We're powered by the people!' British bobsleigh stars axed by their 'bullying, sexist and racist' bosses who turned to internet crowd-funding to get to the Winter Olympics start line

Mail Online | 1/22/2012 | Nick Harris for MailOnline
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Mica McNeill has seen her world turned upside down a few times over the past year - literally and figuratively - but one vision has remained steady throughout: winning a bobsleigh gold medal for Great Britain.

The effervescent 24-year-old from Consett, County Durham, will fly the Team GB flag on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Alpensia Sliding Centre outside Pyeongchang as the driver of the nation's two-woman sled, alongside Mica Moore, also 24.

Whether - Glory - Beijing - Years - Micas

Whether their desired glory comes so soon or, more realistically, in Beijing in four years, remains to be seen. The two Micas are super keen, if occasionally green, which has led to some spectacular crashes.

The truth is they are winners already, merely in making it to these Winter Games.

World - Championship - Gold - Medal - Year

After a junior world championship gold medal just a year ago, their dreams of Olympic participation appeared to be smashed to smithereens as their funding was suddenly stripped in September by a hapless governing body, the BBSA.

That organisation was mired in controversy, accused of a culture of bullying, sexism, racism and financial waste.

Minute - Weeks - Season - October - McNeill

'They left it to the last minute, just weeks before we were supposed to depart abroad for the season [in October],' says McNeill. 'We were called into a meeting with the performance director and CEO and just told: "There's no funding for you guys."

'We asked how they'd overspent [their budget] and were told they didn't know. We asked how come the boys were getting funding when we had more potential. We didn't get an answer.'

Men - Teams - McNeill - World - Crown

Three men's teams would remain funded. McNeill's wouldn't despite the junior world crown and obvious potential for senior medals. 'That was it. It was a huge shock,' says McNeill.

McNeill took to the internet, launching a crowd-funding appeal to try to raise enough to pay their way to South Korea. Astonishingly she raised £33,790...
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