11:00AM, Friday 09 February 2018
Team GB bobsleigher Bruce Tasker will miss the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin on Saturday, after suffering a stroke.
The Windsor resident told the BBC that he could have died in January from a clot on the brain and now feels ‘lucky’ not to have sustained permanent damage.
"Out of nowhere I felt extreme vertigo, sickness, dizziness and ended up lying on the floor with a headache," he said.
After recovering, moments later he was hit with another episode which lasted 10 minutes. He suffered a third while waiting at Wexham Park Hospital after having been driven their by his girlfriend Kat Hampton who is a doctor.
“It was awful, like being car-sick for 24 hours – just horrible,” he added.
The former sprinter, 30, is now recovering well at home and planning on competing for Team GB at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
He will take blood-thinning medication for the next six months and will refrain from any strenuous activity which could raise his blood pressure or heart rate, allowing the artery damage in his neck to fully recover.
Tasker made his Olympic debut as part of the Team GB four-man crew at Sochi 2014 and is set to be awarded a retrospective bronze medal after the disqualification of two Russian sleds for doping.
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