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Bromley not feeling Olympic pressure
KRISTAN Bromley is ready to put his body on the line one more time in his quest for that elusive Olympic medal.
But the 41-year-old from Waterfoot insists his career will not be defined by the one medal missing from his collection.
The Rossendale Valley skeleton bob star is one of the most decorated athletes in the sport and, in 2008, became the first man to win the World Championship, European Championship and the World Cup in the same season.
He has won the World Cup twice and is a three-time European champion in a career spanning nearly 20 years. However, in his three Winter Olympic Games, he has failed to get on the podium – finishing 13th at Salt Lake City in 2002, fifth in Turin in 2002 and sixth in Vancouver four years later.
While he admits Sochi is more than likely to be his last chance to put the record straight he feels under no pressure.
“Realistically this is my last chance,” said the former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil. “The stresses and strains of training are telling me that I can’t go on forever.
“But I don’t feel under any pressure to win a medal at Sochi. In fact, there is probably less pressure on me.
“I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career. An Olympic medal will complete my set and will give Sochi 100 per cent as always.
“It would be the icing on the cake but it won’t determine my career.”
For now, Bromley is concentrating on the World Cup which began in Calgary last weekend where he finished in 15th place.
The second of the eight round series moves on to Park City in Utah this weekend and Bromley knows he must produce the goods to qualify for his fourth Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“My hopes for the World Cup is to use all eight rounds to get ready for Sochi,” added Bromley who is engaged Shelley Rudman who won a skeleton bob silver in Turin. “It’s a long season and the plan is to peak in February and not November.
“So for now, my full focus is on the World Cup. I must qualify before I can start to dream about a fourth Olympics.
“Our individual FIBT world ranking determines our selection for the Games at the end of the season.
“So its important to be as consistent as possible and score good points in all the World Cup rounds.”
Bromley is famously nicknamed Dr Ice after graduating with a BEng in Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacture from The University of Nottingham.
And he has used that nickname to good effect, setting up Bromley Technologies with his brother Richard where they have been at the forefront sled design.
But despite being at the cutting edge of skeleton bob design, Bromley insists he has no advantage over his rivals.
“It does not really give us an advantage anymore but, more importantly, it allows us to compete on equal terms,” he said.
“There has been an explosion of technological innovation in our sport which we have spearheaded. Having world class sled technology is now a necessity to compete.”
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