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What’s in a name? For Brampton’s skeleton racer Dave Greszczyszyn it’s a lot of zeds

February 13, 2018 3:55 PM
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For the record, Dave Greszczyszyn’s last name is pronounced gresh-CHIH-shin.

He’s been introduced at sliding tracks around the world as ‘Canada Dave’ or just ‘Dave, from Canada’.

Faced with three zeds in Dave Greszczyszyn’s surname, track announcers just give up.

“It used to be mumbled a lot,” said the Brampton, Ont., skeleton racer said.

For the record, Greszczyszyn’s last name is pronounced gresh-CHIH-shin. He believes its origins are either Polish or Ukrainian.

The 38-year-old teacher is prepared for more butchery of his last name, or the absence of it Wednesday when he stands at the top of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track for the first of four runs at the Winter Olympics.

His nickname is a more manageable “Grizz” and he says his students in Calgary call him “Mr. G.”

A torn hamstring hampered Greszczyszyn’s efforts to be a Canadian Olympian in 2014, so he’s making his Winter Games debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Greszczyszyn won a World Cup bronze, the first of his career, in December in Winterberg, Germany.

Also read: TransCanada drops ‘Canada’ from its name after 67 years


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