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BOBSLEIGH: Weymouth ace Serita is focused for Pyeongchang
SERITA Shone may have missed out on selection for next year’s Winter Olympics, but the Weymouth bobsleigh ace is proud of how far she has come after the crash two years ago that doctors feared would leave her unable to walk again.
And although she won’t be going to Sochi, the 24-year-old can take solace in the fact that when she came into the sport her long-term goal was always going to be Pyeong-chang 2018.
By the time those Winter Olympics in South Korea come around Shone will have considerably more driving experience under her belt, having switched from the back of the two-man bob to the front following that horrific accident in late 2011.
Speaking to Echosport, she said: “The final selections for Sochi will be made in the build-up to the Olympics but cuts are made in the months leading up to it and the group I’m in found out first.
“I did my best but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m not disappointed because if I think about where I was after what happened in 2011 I couldn’t have done much more.
“Perhaps I could have made it but I’m quite proud of where I have got to when I look at the situation I was in.
“I pushed myself as hard as I could for Sochi but there’s only so much you can do.”
She added: “When I came into the sport the 2018 Olympics were always my goal, Sochi became my short-term aim because I was doing so well at the time.
“I didn’t necessarily have my eye on Sochi to start with but my target of 2018 has never changed.”
The former heptathlete won a bronze medal on an emotional return to bobsleigh at the British Championships in March.
However, returning to the sled as a driver so late in the season also made it tougher for Shone in her bid to compete in Russia.
“Drivers have different selection criteria for the Olympics compared to brakemen,” she added.
“Brakemen can enter the season at any point and qualify for the Olympics as long as they get the times.
“Drivers have to get points at a certain number of races and show their competence on a number of tracks.
“I made the switch thinking more about my long-term development and at that stage I didn’t have enough to get the races and points under my belt.”
Although she won’t be going to Sochi, Shone will continue to compete in events during the season and she is also very busy off the track training to be a teacher at Wey Valley School among other things.
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