Lucas Mata made his second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after the 29-year-old made his Games debut in Sochi as a brakeman for Heath Spence in the men's 4-Man Bobsleigh crew.
Four years on, the Perth-native piloted of both the 2man and 4man crews to some solid results at the Alpensia Sliding Centre finishing in 22nd and 25th respectively. Mata finished 22nd in the 4man event in 2014.
A former sprinter at state level, Lucas Mata was targeted for the Bobsleigh team by athletes Spence and Duncan Pugh. The physical education teacher became a regular competitor in the men's 4-Man team during the 2013/14 season with the crew’s best result being a bronze medal at the North America's Cup in Lake Placid in December, 2013.
Mata had some top results in the 2017/2018 season leading into the Olympics, including a 5th place at the North American Cup (NAC) in Whistler in the 2man event with David Mari and an 8th place in the 4man NAC in Calgary, Canada.
When he’s not competing, Mata loves to travel and be outdoors hiking, while also dabbling in DJing and photography.