Seeing the Canadian Bobsleds at the 2022 Olympics seemed a little odd. Blue on blue and white colour scheme doesn’t seem very Canadian, eh? One overly-enthusiastic writer at Demaras Racing even hypothesized that the paint jobs were honoring Player’s cigarette sponsorship of great Canadian open-wheel racers Paul Tracy and Jacques Villeneuve.
But it turns out that the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton partnered with the Royal Canadian Navy to design a Second World War-era Admiralty Disruptive paint pattern for their sleds, similar to the paint scheme on HMCS Regina and HMCS Moncton.
The Canadian navy will gets a shoutout in China as Canada’s Olympic sliding athletes compete on sleds paying homage to historic warships at the Beijing Games.
The partnership between the Royal Canadian Navy and Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has produced sleds designed with a Second World War-era disruptive paint scheme, also known as dazzle paint.
Bobsled Canada Skeleton says the blue-and-white design is meant to honour the sacrifices of Canadian sailors during the Second World War and celebrate those who continue to serve the country at sea.CTV News
Canada sent 3 skeleton athletes and 18 bobsledders to the 2022 Winter Olympics, including bronze medalist Christine de Bruin, who definitely doesn’t smoke Player’s Light cigarettes.
Apparently, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has a long-standing relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces and previously had air force-themed designs on their sleds, and participated in team-building activities with both the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.