SHEFFIELD skeleton bobsleigh superstar Shelley Rudman was celebrating today after becoming World Cup champion.
The 30-year-old, competing in Calgary, Canada, took a podium spot at the end of an eight race series and then dedicated her World Cup win to her parents. Her dad Jack suffered a brain haemorrhage last year.
She said: “I feel so proud. To me the overall World Cup title is the most prestigious title to win in our sport. It’s what I’ve been after since starting.”
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore said Shelley’s success was fantastic news.
“I’d like to offer my congratulations on behalf of the council and the city of Sheffield. It is great to see another world class athlete representing our nation and our city.
“I know Shelley wasn’t born here but I’d like to think she calls Sheffield home. We are all proud of her. This is an exciting year for sport and what a great way to kick off the year.”
Out of the eight races this season, Shelley had claimed five podiums.
She added: “It has been a really difficult year. Dad’s now doing great and is fully fit, and I know he and mum will be over the moon.”