Retired CFL receiver Sam Giguere places ninth in Olympic bobsleigh, former Rider Jacob Dearborn finishes 23rd

Photo courtesy: Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton

The Canadian sled piloted by Justin Kripps seized the bronze medal in 4-man Olympic Bobsleigh on Saturday, but a pair of athletes with CFL experience came up short of the podium.

Retired CFL receiver Sam Giguere finished in ninth place as part of pilot Christopher Spring’s crew, logging a composite time of 3:56:99. Current free agent defensive back Jacob Dearborn placed 23rd on the team led by pilot Taylor Austin and was eliminated from competition prior to the fourth and final run. It was the first Olympics for both athletes.

The German sled led by pilot Francesco Friedrich claimed the gold medal as expected with a time of 3:54:30, edging out fellow German Johannes Lochner and his silver medal-winning team by just 0.37 seconds.

Giguere was a first-round pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2008 CFL Draft out of the Université de Sherbrooke and spent the first four years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts (2008-10) and New York Giants (2010-11) of the NFL.

Giguère played seven seasons in the CFL as a member of the Ticats (2012-14), Montreal Alouettes (2015-17), and Edmonton Elks (2018), recording 207 receptions for 2,506 yards and 13 touchdowns in 107 career games. The native of Sherbrooke, Que. is now 36 years of age.

Dearborn dressed for eight games in 2021 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and made two starts at strong-side linebacker, recording 18 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and two interceptions. He dressed for 14 games as a rookie in 2019 and made four special teams tackles.

The six-foot-three, 201-pound Carleton product went unselected in the 2019 CFL Draft despite posting impressive testing numbers at the national combine. He recorded a 4.69 forty-yard dash, 42-inch vertical jump, eleven-foot, two-inch broad jump, 7.09-second three-cone drill, 4.34-second shuttle, and performed 12 reps on the bench press.

The 27-year-old is a free agent as of February 8 and should have plenty of interest waiting when he returns home from Beijing.