Exmouth Olympian finally handed bronze medal from 2014 Sochi Winter Games

An Olympian from Exmouth has finally received a bronze medal from the Sochi Winter Games – five years after competing in the event.  

The quartet of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon initially finished fifth in the four-man bobsleigh in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

But the two Russian crews who finished ahead of them have since been disqualified for doping offences, lifting the British team into third place.

The quartet officially received their medals at the Team GB Ball in London at the end of November.

Royal Marine Mr Jackson, 42, lives in Exmouth and is based at the Lympstone Commando Training Centre.

John Jackson, of Exmouth, who has been belatedly awarded a bronze medal from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

John Jackson, of Exmouth, who has been belatedly awarded a bronze medal from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Devon County Council’s full council meeting on Thursday began with the chairman congratulating John on his medal.

Councillor John Matthews joked that members had wished to present him with the medal their meeting, but instead allowed Princess Anne to give it to him at the British Olympic Association’s annual dinner.

Speaking at the BOA event,  Mr Jackson said: “It was utter relief when we found out that the medals were ours.

“I’m a Royal Marine, I was an athlete, but first and foremost I’m a husband and a dad.

“The legacy is I can show this to my kids and that means more to me than when it would have been presented in 2014.”

The bronze medal brings Team GB’s tally from Sochi 2014 to five after Lizzy Yarnold’s skeleton gold, Jenny Jones’s snowboard slopestyle bronze, and silver and bronze medals for the men’s and women’s curling rinks respectively.

It means the 2014 games were Team GB’s most successful Winter Olympics ever.

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