Breaking Ice (2020)

  • Documentary, Sport
  • 1h 10m

Followed by a Q+A with director Jason Branagan and Larry Tracey, Gerry Macken, Pat McDonough and Cormac Smith.

In 1986 a London-Irishman by the name of Larry Tracey took it upon himself to form the Irish Bobsleigh and Luge Association. He recruited a group of elite Irish rowers and set his sights on qualifying the team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Having achieved qualification for the games, the stage was set for an historic Olympic debut. But one thing stood in their way; the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Despite qualifying for the games, the OCI refused to allow them to compete at the games in Calgary, which saw the famous Jamaican bobsleigh team become Olympic heroes. Undeterred, the team evolved and set their sights on the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.


Larry Tracey, Gerry Macken, Pat McDonough, Terry McHugh, Garry Power, Peter Donohue, Cormac Smith, Paul Hyland, Brendan McDonald, Barry John Kinsella, Nicky Lane, John Farrelly


Jason Branagan


Jason Branagan, Karin Larkin, Kamal Ibrahim


Noel Greene

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