Walker takes positives from Sochi performance

19 February 2014 / 21:00

Paula Walker insisted she would only take positives from her Olympic experience, after finishing 12th in the women's bobsleigh at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

Walker and brakewoman Rebekah Wilson clocked a time of 3:54.24 across their four runs as Canada took gold ahead of two sleds from the USA.

It meant she narrowly failed to improve on her 11th place in Vancouver, though she always admitted the track in Sochi didn't suit her.

“No athlete comes in wanting to come 12th at the Olympics but to put it into perspective both Rebekah and I have had a long, long journey in different ways but we have made it to the Olympics. I think we have done ourselves proud," said Walker.

“With this track the characteristics are such that if you make a mistake before corner six it is game over and I made a monumental mistake between corners two to three.

“It was only to do with me, nothing to do with Rebekah, and we lost about half a second."

Meanwhile, Wilson expressed delight that her determination to claim the prized seat behind Walker paid off.

“I knew I had to make a big step and leap to try and get the seat in this sled. I set out two years ago with the goal of making these Games," she said.

“I feel really proud that I am here with Paula and that all the hard work has paid off. I am frustrated with my performance, we both know if we hadn’t made some mistakes that we could have done better, but people forget how difficult it is just to get here.”

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