Disappointment to excitement for Pyeongchang hopeful Swift

06 March 2014 / 12:38

David Swift will return from a short break from skeleton with renewed vigour after seeing his disappointment at missing out on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics quickly turn to excitement.

Swift saw four-time Olympian Kristan Bromley and World Cup bronze medallist Dom Parsons chosen for Sochi following the end of the Winter Olympic qualifying period in January.

Bromley and Parsons then placed eighth and tenth respectively while Lizzy Yarnold claimed a fourth Olympic skeleton medal for Britain in a row with women’s gold.

Swift was on an end of season training camp during the Games but still endeavoured to watch the action and will return from a break in Thailand boosted for the cycle to Pyeongchang 2018.

"It was not so much a case of thinking what could have been, it was more a case of thinking that if I had put in the results then maybe it could have been me instead," he said.

"There's obviously something in our programme that works, having had a medal in every one of the last few Winter Olympics. And having two guys in the top 10 shows that the men's programme is moving forward as well.

"On one hand it's disappointing not to have made it but on the other hand it's encouraging to know what's required and what sort of times I need to achieve.

"There's lots of promising athletes coming through and lots of ways they have to move us forward. In a lot of ways it's an exciting time to be involved."

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