Sheffield’s Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley will be going for gold in the skeleton after being named in the Team GB squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Rudman and Bromley, who are engaged, are veteran Olympic performers and will be hoping to make it onto the medal rostrum next month.
Rudman said: “I am delighted to be selected for Team GB for my third Winter Olympics and take great pride in that achievement alone; when I started out in skeleton I would never have thought that was possible!
“My first Games in Turin in 2006 where I won the silver medal was a hugely positive experience for me, Vancouver in 2010 was disappointing after I just missed out on a medal – so going into Sochi I hope I will be able to merge all my experiences from the last two Olympiads to give myself the best possible chance of success.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me up to now and I hope I will make you all proud in these Olympic Winter Games, whatever the outcome may be.”
Bromley said: “I am incredibly proud to be selected for my fourth Olympic Winter Games; representing your country at the Olympics is the pinnacle of any sport and the stuff that dreams are made of.
“It makes it even more special that it is exactly 20 years to the month since the first time I tried skeleton - to have remained at the top of the sport for that time, gives me a wealth of experience to take to Sochi.
“Every Olympic campaign has been four years of hard work to get there and has pushed me to raise my game going into each season. This year has been no different. I have been working with a focus on Sochi, and signs are showing that my performance is on track.
“I’m excited about competing in Sochi and will give it my all.”
Nigel Laugthon Team GB Skeleton Team Leader and Skeleton Performance Director said: “I am delighted that we have such a strong skeleton squad representing Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games.
“Collectively, our season has been excellent, with medals and Top 6 results at every World Cup, and hence the athletes will arrive in Sochi ready, prepared and confident ahead of this exhilarating competition.
“The team of athletes selected encompass a healthy balance of experience, previous Olympic success, youth and outstanding current form. For Shelley and Kristan, their third and fourth respectively - incredible achievements in their own right.”