In 2018 Mica Moore and Mica McNeill slid their way to a best-ever GB Women's Olympic finish. It's always fun catching up with my old teammate, and when the giggling subsides long enough to get a tangible answer - what she has to say is pretty cool. Enjoy.
Credit: Mica Moore OLY
TBM: Hello tiny little Mica. Thanks for talking to us! Let's dive right in: What was your route into the crazy world of bobsleigh?
MM: Umm, so I think I had a similar route to most people to be honest. I went to one of those testing days that the BBSA (British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association) run.
TBM: That’s right you were at my trial, and totally forgot I was there.
I know I don’t remember you being there! I remember Ryan Letts (since a Team Deen World Cup brakeman), and a boy who had come to the trial with no running spikes bless him, he was already at a disadvantage.
But yes it was a similar entry point to most people and the reason I went was because I had sadly been struck down by a virus in 2015.
I had gone to the Commonwealth Games for Wales in 2014 and my sprinting was going really well at that time.
But after the virus hit me it totally wiped my body and I found I couldn’t sprint as well which was pretty gutting. I decided I wanted to find something new that I could be moderately good at, so I went to the trial and was really pleased that it went well.
Credit: Mica Moore OLY MSc
TBM: What were your aspirations when you started? Did you imagine you'd do so well?
MM: Well when I started, it was just to find something that made me excited about sport again. Athletics had gone so badly since my illness and, after my trial, they’d said I was good so to come back for a second test against girls who had been doing it for a while.
Monty (current GB brakewoman Montell Douglas OLY) was there and had done really well in the tests, and it was pretty clear the BBSA thought that she was their next big star. I didn’t mind this though, I wasn’t that far behind and it really sparked something in me to prove myself.
Being fast is only one asset in bobsleigh. It’s a surprisingly technical sport and there are lots of other important aspects that can make up a great brakewoman.
I wanted to excel though. When push testing came around again in September, I wanted to dominate and give the coaches no option but to pick me. It was about 8 weeks from those initial trial tests to the September push ranking so it was a tall order for me to come out on top, but I was really pleased with the outcome.
I won the push test by a decent margin which was important for me. I didn’t want any questions about my ability because I’m already at a perceived disadvantage being smaller than the other girls. I’m probably not your typical bobsledder in that sense.
TBM: Preach girl!
Because of my size, I felt I really had to prove myself - potentially more than others did.
Credit: Mica Moore OLY MSc BSc (I'm running out)
TBM: What was your favourite part of competition?
MM: Um, the finish? No just kidding! I genuinely think my favourite part is the push, the start.
It’s where all the crowd are, where the hype is and, as a sprinter, it’s the place to show how fast and powerful you are. That’s really cool.
I also love the bit when you’re loading. So just as you leave the ground and plop into the sled, it’s great, you feel like a superhero! I wouldn’t really say the rest of the run is my favourite because you’re just sitting there like a duck. (editor note: I don't know what this means.)
But the first bit is super fun.
Credit: Mica Moore OLY MSc BSc OMg
TBM: What's your fondest competition memory?
Well, I guess I’d have to say the Olympics obviously as that’s what every sports person strives for - and it was really great.
But I also think there are other occasions where I’ve been super proud of myself. Moments I’ll remember forever.