Yarnold and Rudman look to continue Olympic skeleton record
January 22, 2014 09:39 am
In-form Lizzy Yarnold and world champion Shelley Rudman will look to continue Great Britain's successful skeleton record after being named in a four-strong team for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Yarnold has claimed seven consecutive podiums this season, including four wins, to stand on the verge of winning the World Cup title for the first time in Königsee this weekend.
Rudman has consistently finished in the top six this season and will seek to upgrade the silver medal she won at the 2006 Games in Turin.
British sliders have medalled at the last three Games, Alex Coomber winning bronze in Salt Lake, Rudman's silver and a famous victory for Amy Williams four years ago in Vancouver.
The squad is completed by former world champion Kristan Bromley, who makes his fourth Olympic appearance, 20 years to the month since he took up the sport, and Dominic Parsons, who secured his maiden World Cup podium finish in Calgary earlier this season.
“I am delighted that we have such a strong skeleton squad representing Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games," said British Skeleton performance director Nigel Laughton.
"Collectively, our season has been excellent, with medals and top six results at every World Cup, and hence the athletes will arrive in Sochi ready, prepared and confident ahead of this exhilarating competition.
"The team of athletes selected encompass a healthy balance of experience, previous Olympic success, youth and outstanding current form, and whilst for Lizzy and Dom this will be their first Olympics, for Shelley and Kristan, their third and fourth respectively - incredible achievements in their own right."
Meanwhile, Yarnold is not complacent about the challenges ahead despite dominating this season's World Cup circuit.
"This season has been great for my preparation, I am in a good place both physically and mentally - and I can’t wait to get back on the Sochi track, go over the lines and maintain my focus," she said.
"I don’t take part in races to come second, so I will approach the Olympic Winter Games as I do every race and give it everything I’ve got."
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