Youngsters from two Sheffield primary schools helped to give two city athletes preparing for the winter Olympics a special Sochi send-off.
A group of 20 pupils from Phillimore and Wybourn primaries were invited to iceSheffield to meet bobsleigh racers Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley.
Both are in Team GB’s skeleton bob squad and train regularly at the Attercliffe centre.
The children had the chance to watch a training session on the ice pad and ask the medal hopefuls questions about their training, their sport and all about Sochi 2014, which opens on Friday.
Shelley, the reigning world champion who won a silver medal at the Turin Games in 2006, and Kristan both train at the SIV-run centre, using the ice to practise explosive starts and technique.
The couple are also regulars at the nearby English Institute of Sport, where Shelley was inducted into the Hall of Champions after she became the first ever British woman to win skeleton gold at the 2013 World Championships.
Analise Crookes, aged 10, from Wybourn Primary, said: “It was an amazing experience to meet Shelley and Kristan.
“I hope they do really well at the Winter Olympics.”
Mandy Parker, general manager of iceSheffield, said: “It was fantastic to host the Sochi send-off for Shelley and Kristan where they have put in such a lot of hard work and training.”