Kristan Bromley: Olympic medal wouldn’t cap my golden 2008
January 20, 2014 15:40 pm
This will be definitely be my last Olympic Winter Games as an athlete but whatever happens there will be no regrets when I look back on my career.
I’m in a nice position, I won’t be going to the Olympics as a world champion and I won’t be going in with a lot of expectations, so hopefully I can come in under the radar in that regard.
After the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Games, I will certainly relish the opportunity of an Olympics with not much pressure on me to perform.
The year I got it the most right in terms of results was 2008. I won the World Championship title, the overall World Cup title and the European Championship title. That was the first time any guy has done that in our sport’s one hundred-year history.
In our sport, between athletes, what we recognise as being the pinnacle is being the overall World Cup winner – that rewards consistency at the highest level.
So whatever happens I have achieved everything I want to achieve. I don’t think I could ever cap what happened in 2008 – even with an Olympic medal – though don’t get me wrong an Olympic medal would still be very nice.
That is what is still driving me on now; it is what defines you as a sports person in this country.
Who knows what happens after Sochi. It’s probably time for me to focus on something else, I don’t want to go to the end of my career and just be hanging on.
And I have never seen a men’s field in skeleton as strong as it is at the moment. The sport’s growing and just to hit top-six performances is now very difficult.
But it has always been tough, there has been younger guys coming through for the last 15 years and I’m still here.
However, I think just to qualify for the British team means you’re going to have to get some decent results.