eBay Olympian auctions prize gear in her bid for glory

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman during a training run on the skeleton track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 15, 2010. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Great Britain's Shelley Rudman during a training run on the skeleton track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 15, 2010. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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OLYMPIC silver medallist Shelley Rudman says she will do what it takes to win gold even if it means selling some of her most treasured possessions.

OLYMPIC silver medallist Shelley Rudman says she will do what it takes to win gold even if it means selling some of her most treasured possessions.

Funding issues and a lack of sponsorship have forced the 30-year-old European bob skeleton champion to auction several items of training and race wear on eBay.

Taking pride of place is an official race suit of Rudman’s, which she has signed, and a pair of skeleton bobsleigh spikes.

She says that after winning silver at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin but missing out on gold in Vancouver last year her level of funding makes it impossible to compete at the highest level.

A further blow was finishing runner-up by two tenths of a second in this year’s World Championship:

She said: “We get Lottery funding and there is a skeleton programme here in the UK, but that’s just enough to get to the start line.

“If I want to compete for medals then the extras all cost money. Anything from £5,000 onwards really makes a big difference to our preparations.”

Sheffield-based Rudman and partner Kristan Bromley, who is the most successful British winter sportsman ever, are both determined to go for gold again in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

She said: “We take on extra work and we’re prepared to do anything to help raise funds. Sponsorship is a bit tight, but hopefully after 2012 (London Olympics) firms will begin to look at winter sports again.”

Half of the proceeds will go to the Stroke Association.

Search for Shelley Rudman on eBay to view the auction.