Swift ready to grab his opportunity with both hands

18 November 2014 / 18:16

Skeleton athlete David Swift insists he goes into this week’s opening Intercontinental Cup race in confident mood as the battle for a World Cup place on this season’s Great Britain team hots up.

Swift is chasing the second and final World Cup spot on the team after Sochi 2014 Olympian Dom Parsons topped the men’s timing sheets at British Skeleton’s World Cup squad selection races in Winterberg, Germany last week.

Just 0.02 seconds separated 2008 British champion Swift from teammate Ed Smith with selectors opting to give both athletes the chance to press their case for selection in the opening Intercontinental Cup races of the season.

Rose McGrandle and Donna Creighton will also go head-to-head in the race to join Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas on the women’s team.

And Swift insists it is all about putting previous disappointments behind him in this week’s opening international race in Lillehammer, Norway.

“The selection race didn’t have quite the outcome I was looking for, however the second-place finish along with some push PB’s does give confidence moving forward,” he said.

“Now I’ve got the opportunity to race on the ICC circuit with the potential to still make the transition to World Cup for the start of the tour and am really looking forward to getting back to racing.”

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