SKELETON BOB: Ice queen is chilled out ahead of Olympic push (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SKELETON BOB: Ice queen is chilled out ahead of Olympic push
ICE queen Shelley Rudman’s third assault on an Olympic gold medal may just about be beginning in earnest but Pewsey’s world champion slider says that she’s feeling as chilled as ever.
Rudman, 31, made a sensational Winter Olympics debut as she clinched silver at the Turin 2006 games but at Vancouver 2010, she was forced to settle for a spot outside of the limelight as she finished sixth with fellow Great Britain competitor Amy Williams taking top spot.
Now, with just under six months to go until Sochi 2014, Rudman is hoping that she’s on course to taste medal glory once again, buoyed by becoming the first British woman to win a skeleton world title last February.
“I’m feeling really good. I feel quite relaxed going in to this Olympic year, which is quite unusual, and I think it’s mainly because I won the World Championships,” Rudman told the Gazette and Herald.
“That was a goal that I’d always wanted and as soon as I got that, I thought ‘wow, that’s a weight lifted off my shoulders’.
“When I started this, I wanted to win every title that I could and that was the one that was elusive. I’d always be first on the first run but finish fourth and it was quite infuriating but I eventually managed to peak at the right time.
“I’ve done it now and I don’t have to wait for another World Championships to come around. So I feel quite nice and I’ve trained really hard.
“In the approach to Turin, I was really, really excited but in the run-up to Vancouver, I wasn’t really feeling the vibe as much as I could have – for this one, I just feel relaxed but excited again.”
Rudman, who won her first-ever World Cup event last season (in Winterberg, Germany, last December) and is also two-time European champion, is hoping to draw on all of the trials and tribulations of her career in Sochi.
She said: “I’ve gone through every experience now with regards to performing really well, not performing really well, having injuries and having illnesses. I feel like I’m ready for whatever pops out of the woodwork.
“I’m just really privileged to be in the position to go to my third Olympics, if I qualify – I never would have expected to be in this position ten years ago.”
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