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McGrandle promoted to World Cup skeleton squad

December 18, 2013 22:49 pm

Rose McGrandle will make her skeleton World Cup debut after a series of impressive performances in recent weeks.

McGrandle will replace Donna Creighton on the three-strong women's squad for the first in a series of European races in Winterberg in early January.

The 26-year old has had a rollercoaster season, she was disqualified from the selection trials after an equipment infringement and then claimed three podiums in four races, including two golds, on the second-tier Intercontinental Cup circuit.

Her job will be to match the achievements of team-mates Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman, ranked number one and two in the world after four World Cup races, as Great Britain seek to qualify three women sliders to next year's Winter Olympics for the first time.

Speaking before the selection races, McGrandle had looked ahead with confidence to the season after a solid summer of training.

"I know the progression I'm making is good and I've never had a better summer of training and I've never been better prepared for the season," she said.

"I'm not putting pressure on myself but I feel I should be performing at the World Cup level."

Dominic Parsons, currently ranked seventh in the world, Kristan Bromley and Ed Smith are named in an unchanged men's World Cup squad while Creighton, a former world number six, will now race in the Intercontinental Cup.

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