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SKELETON BOB: Sochi track challenge excites Shelley
SHELLEY Rudman is hoping she can form as strong a love affair with the track for next year’s Winter Olympics as the one on which she became a world champion.
The Pewsey ice queen was buoyed by her first experience of the Sochi run in last season’s final World Cup event last February.
And the 31-year-old and has her fingers crossed that the Russian track can soon match the St Moritz run where she became world champion for the first time weeks earlier.
“It’s like Formula One, really – you get certain tracks that suit certain styles of driving for an athlete,” said Rudman.
“So you get more technical, fast, aggressive tracks, easier, floaty tracks, that have big breaks between the curves and then you get high-G pressure tracks.
“For me, the St Moritz track in Switzerland, where the world championships were, is my favourite track so when it got selected, it was a dream come true.
“I like technical tracks because I see them as quite a challenge and I like it when I get stuck on a sequence of curves and I think ‘I’ve really got to work this out’.
“So I’ll go back and get out the computer software that I use and just analyse all of my runs.
“I self-coach myself when I go on the ice and I’ve done that since 2006.
“I prefer that challenge.
“At the moment, (Sochi) is still quite a new track for me, so I’m still understanding it.
“But we go back there in October for a fortnight’s worth of training.
“That’s where I’ll really get a good understanding of whether or not it suits me and whether or not I’ve got a lot of work to do to get it in my system.”
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