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    Sunday, February 22, 1998

    Greenidge trades the ice for the track

    By CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun
      ASAWARA -- Ottawa's Ricardo Greenidge is abandoning a downhill struggle for an uphill one.
     After finishing ninth as part of Pierre Lueders' four-man bobsled team at the Winter Games yesterday, the 29-year-old said he's giving up the sport to concentrate on making the Summer Olympic Games as a sprinter.
     "My goal down the road is to make the Summer Games," Greenidge said.
     "I made the Winter Games and I'm happy, but Sydney in 2000 is what I'm focusing on now.
     "If I'm going to try and make the (Summer) Olympics, I've got to concentrate 100% on track.
     "You can't do two sports and do them both well. So for now, it's going to be just track."
     Greenidge's speciality is the 200 metres.
     It is also expected Sheridon Baptiste's days with the bobsledders are over, team leader Jeff Hugill said.
     Baptiste of Ottawa might try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in track, but recurring ankle problems could make surgery necessary.
     Edmonton's Ian Danney is expected to move on as well.
     Their places will likely be filled from the ranks of the five sliders who competed for, but did not make, the Olympic team.
     Lori's pilot spot could be taken by Gray Kittle, who has some World Cup experience and has been racing on the B circuit.
     It has been a tumultuous week with the bobsledders as Lori, who drives the other four-man sled, walked out of camp when he wasn't happy with the makeup of the two teams.
     Greenidge said it wasn't much of a distraction.
     "Every sledder here is fighting with every other sledder here," he said. "It's the same in Canada, in Germany and the USA."