Fruitvale native and Canadian skeleton athlete Joe Cecchini is working on his craft and looking forward to one day taking part in an upcoming Olympic Games.
Based out of Calgary, he has been training while working his job as a police officer with the City of Calgary.
“It’s been an excellent year, everyday is getting better,” said Cecchini.
“I’m fortunate to have great help and support from my family and the Calgary Police Services.”
A St. Micheal’s and J.L Crowe alumni, Cecchini’s sport in his younger days was track and field.
After seeing the skeleton sport in 2006 he started asking questions about how to get into the sport.
After getting some research under his belt and fuelled by a desire to fly face first down a bobsled track at 120 km/h, he dedicated his time to being the best skeleton athlete and represent his country against the rest of the world.
He is currently ranked in the top five in America’s Cup along with touring North America, Korea and Japan among other places.
Cecchini has had many number one, two and three finishes in 2008 and 2009 America’s Cup competition.
For the Canadian men and woman’s skeleton team only the top three spots will make it to the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Cecchini is placed eighth currently for Canada and has geared his focus along with his coaches to the 2014 games.
At 27 years old he has only been in the sport for less than five years but has shown a significant talent for the sport and a drive to make it to the top of the podium with the Canadian flag on his back.