Winter sport: Shelley feeling positive as she looks to get a flying start

Shelley Rudman during the Team GB Media Day at Bath University, Bath. Pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Shelley Rudman during the Team GB Media Day at Bath University, Bath. Pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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Sheffield-based bob skeleton world champion Shelley Rudman says she’ll take the pressure of being the favourite for Olympic Games gold in Sochi, Russia, next February in her stride.

Rudman won the World Championship earlier this year in St Moritz, Switzerland, to become the first British woman to win the title. She said: “I think people will be putting a gold medal around my neck, which is quite daunting.

But my main goal this year is to qualify for Sochi and really enjoy the Olympic experience. It could be my last; I don’t know. I found Vancouver (2010) was a tough Olympics for me; there was a lot of negativity with the death of the luge athlete and my run in to the Games. I really want Sochi to be a positive experience.”

Rudman, who usually trains at the English Institute of Sport, has been working at GB Skeleton’s push-start facility in Bath this week. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Games in Turin before finishing sixth in Vancouver after a disappointing first run.

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