Pictou County man first Nova Scotian to compete in Olympic Bobsleigh

Staff ~ The New Glasgow News
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Luke Demetre


Stephen and Anna Demetre raised their sons under the value that you do your best at whatever you do in life and then leave it with God to give you the desires of your heart.

For their eldest son Luke, that has brought him to the height of the world's sport stage as the first Nova Scotian man ever to compete in the bobsleigh competition at the Olympics.

Stephen said he can see how things worked for good in everything from his son's seemingly chance encounter that got him started in the sport, to the unfortunate accident that opened the door for him to race.

"I'm pleased he was given the chance to compete in the Olympics," Stephen said. "He looked forward to it for quite a few years."

Nobody would have wanted the crash that happened to Canada 3 pilot Justin Kripps team, but he said, thankfully no one was seriously hurt and it opened a door for Luke.

Luke and his teammates had the 10th fastest run in heat number three at the competition causing the commentators to remark how well the team did for racing together for the first time this season in an unexpected situation.

Anna said Luke had emailed them late Saturday night to tell them he might have a chance of racing and then Stephen got up early Sunday and saw that their son definitely would have the chance.

While most in Pictou County were thinking of the men's hockey game Sunday morning, in the Demetre household, all eyes were glued on the TV for Luke.

"It was really exciting," Anna said. "I just know how much it means to him and how he's worked for this goal."

She said she hasn't had a chance to talk to him since the event, but looks forward to speaking soon.

At 23, Luke is one of the youngest members of the Canada bobsleigh team and his parents say they are sure he will try to make it again in four years. 

"That's his plan."

They are sure he'll give it his best.

Read more: Demetre will learn from Olympic experience

Geographic location: Pictou County, Olympic Bobsleigh, Canada

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