Bobsleigh team featuring grandson of Hartlepool pensioner finish 19th in Sochi

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GREAT Britain’s four-man bobsleigh team featuring the grandson of a Hartlepool pensioner came 19th at the Winter Olympics.

As previously featured in the Mail, Joan Godfrey, 82, is the proud grandmother of John Baines, who is a member of the GB2 four-man bobsleigh team.

John was in action in Sochi last weekend when he was part of the two-man team and returned to the slopes on Saturday and Sunday.

John, whose mum Christine, 55, is also originally from Hartlepool, makes up the GB2 squad with Lamin Deen, Benjamin Simons and Andrew Matthews.

The final two runs of the final took place on Sunday morning and saw the team qualify for the final run and come 19th out of the top 20.

Joan, a retired clothing factory worker who lives off Warren Road, in Hartlepool, gathered with the rest of John’s proud family to watch John compete on Saturday.

Ahead of the Games, Joan told the Mail: “I’m ever so proud of him.”

Great Britain’s number one bob, who were hotly tipped for a medal after impressing in practice, came fifth.

John, an RAF serviceman who is based at Leeming as a senior aircraftsman, lives in Middlesbrough with his wife Lexi and their two-year-old son Harrison.