Creighton: Team GB can keep skeleton momentum alive



Creighton: Team GB can keep skeleton momentum alive

15 January 2016 / 16:09

For a country without much ice Britain could be forgiven for not being a leading power when it comes to the skeleton – especially considering the country has just one solitary track in Bath.

But, against the odds, Team GB have medalled in the skeleton at every Winter Olympic Games where the sport has been present.

Not just that, only the USA have more medals at Olympic level and Team GB’s women are the most successful in history with Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold taking the last two titles.

With Yarnold taking a break from the sport Laura Deas has stepped comfortably into her mould taking a World Cup gold and bronze medal so far this season.

Also on the radar is Portsmouth’s Donna Creighton who took overall victory on the Intercontinental Cup circuit last season and is looking to challenge Deas and Yarnold in the run up to PyeongChang 2018.

And, while some countries might be blessed with more ice, Creighton believes the improvements made to the University of Bath’s purpose built bobsleigh and skeleton push start facility will only serve to cement Team GB’s status as a world leader in the skeleton.

“Coming back ten years ago when I first started we had none of this at all. We just had the shed and the track,” she said.

“To have the facilities that we have now and with the really good system they have put in, it is brilliant.

“We are now able to train throughout the whole summer and implement what starts we will have on the season.

“There are so many results I could announce that have helped us get to this point where we are in our sport.

“It is just continuing to improve as we go along so things can only get better from here.”

The previous four Winter Olympic Games have brought plenty of success for Team GB’s women with Alex Coomber winning bronze in 2002 and Shelley Rudman taking silver in 2006 before Williams and Yarnold stepped atop the podium in 2010 and 2014.

And, while Creighton acknowledges that there is plenty of competition to be the best in Britain, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“With the success of Lizzy from the last two years with the Games and then going on to win the World Championships as well has given the sport the big boost that we needed,” she added.

“I think with the girls that we have in the squad now we have some amazing talent and we have all had some great results.

“Myself I won the ICC overall last year and Laura is medalling and doing well so I think we are definitely a team to reckon with.

“We all push each other, work together and I think we are going to be a very strong team going into 2018.

“It is our dream and why we are in this sport really. We have the talent there and the ability to do it, it is just leading up to it and taking every day as it comes and every race.”

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