Rosen looks to improve on past performances in Sochi

04 October 2013 / 17:32

Adam Rosen's Olympic record has a pleasing symmetry for someone obsessed with aeronautical design - two Olympic luge appearances, two 16th places. It means in Sochi his aim is simple - edging up the leaderboard.

Rosen confesses he considered calling time on his involvement in the sport after Vancouver, he lost his funding and took a season out before deciding to give it one last go.

As Great Britain's sole luge slider, he admits travelling on the World Cup circuit can be a lonely existence but training with the Canadian team has given him fresh hope for Sochi and, most importantly, better speed.

Rosen, 29, already has one of the two top 20 finishes he needs to secure a British quota place and will be looking to tick off the selection criteria at the first World Cup of the season in Lillehammer next month.

“I lost all of my funding after Vancouver and I didn’t compete. It’s just one season but it’s almost two years of your life to get back into it," he said. 

"My first year back was pretty rusty but last season went really well and I couldn't be happier looking towards the Olympics.

"It's easy to say I didn't progress between the Turin and Vancouver Olympics but you have to take into account that I was injured for four months in late 2009 and that impacted on my performance.

“The first aim is to do better than I did in the past but it’s difficult to put an exact place on it. 

“On the right day it could be top ten but who knows. I’m not going just to compete, I want to do well.

“Obviously when you do a sport you believe in your ability and you want to prove that you have what it takes to be right up there with the top people in the world.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have a luger winning a medal from Britain in the future - but only with the right funding and equipment."

After the controversial track in Whistler - designed to be the quickest in Olympic history - Sochi organisers have designed a slower but much more technical run that will test sliders in new ways.

As ever, Germany are still expected to dominate - especially with the addition to the schedule of a team luge event - but Rosen likes his chances of claiming some scalps.

“It’s not very difficult to make it down the track but it is difficult to be fast," he added.

“In some ways it helps me because the start ramp is steep, which suits my style, but one problem could be the weather. 

“It’s very hot there so the ice could be very frosty and then one hour later very fast, so that could be something to be watchful about. I do think, if the conditions are good, then it could be my track."

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