Ice queen Shelley Rudman was given a warm welcome when she paid a visit to pupils at a Sheffield school.
The skeleton bobsleigh world champion was a guest at Ashdell Preparatory School in Broomhill, where she revealed the dedication and drive needed to reach the top.
Shelley talked to girls at the school and brought in her bobsleigh for the youngsters to look at and sit on.
The Turin 2006 Olympic silver medallist, who is now based in Sheffield, took time out from her busy training schedule to give an inspirational talk to the youngsters.
The girls were amazed to hear that skeletons can go at more than 40mph and thrilled to hear Shelley is the most successful British athlete ever in her field.
Shelley, aged 32, told the children about her training routines at IceSheffield and at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, before she heads out this month to compete in pre-Olympic competitions.
She still has to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the UK team will be confirmed shortly before the games begin.
Shelley said: “It’s nervewracking waiting to hear if you have made the team.
“You have to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the fact you could be going, but at the same time for the fact you might not be.”
The pupils heard it was the summer Olympics that originally inspired her – but when injury forced her out of athletics she moved across to a winter sport.
One girl said: “We loved Shelley – she’s really cool.”