Shelley Rudman was a mere footnote yet again in the women’s skeleton at the Winter Olympics – and she refused to confirm or deny whether she’ll be having another attempt at glory.
Sheffield-based Rudman claimed Olympic silver eight years ago in Turin but has failed to reach those heights again as first Amy Williams in Vancouver and now Lizzy Yarnold in Sochi have gone one better.
The 32-year-old battled mercifully with the course at the Sanki Sliding Center but couldn’t get to grips with it enough to realistically bid for a medal as she finished in 16th place. Rudman clocked an overall time of 3:56.47 minutes from her four runs – almost four seconds away from Yarnold, who even heading into the final with a near one-second cushion hardly put a foot wrong.
Her placing of 16th is ten places lower than what she achieved at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver four years ago.
“I am really happy that I really stuck with it and really tried my hardest to connect with the track but it was one that didn’t suit my style of driving,” said Rudman.
“But that final run, there were parts of it where I thought ‘I am getting it, I am getting it’. I just tried everything I could and I am happy that I really stuck with it.
“My starts were really good on the first day and I can only be happy and the support back home has been brilliant. I look at my career and think ‘yeah, it’s great’ and what we are going to do know is try and go on a family holiday, relax a little bit and set some new goals out for possible Pyeongchang.”
Meanwhile Kristan Bromley is enjoying every second of his fourth Olympic experience in Sochi. He is in eighth position after his first two runs, seven tenths of a second off bronze with Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov the runaway leader.