Kristan Bromley admits his door is open to return to the British Skeleton fold after their disappointing Winter Olympic campaign, writes Sportbeat's James Toney.

Former world champion and two-time World Cup winner Bromley, from Rossendale, is nicknamed ‘Dr Ice’ and is viewed as a guru for sliders with his pioneering approach to tech.

He now works with Team GB’s PyeongChang bronze medallist Dom Parsons, with sleds he designed taking silver and bronze in the women’s competition.

However, despite working on a fraction of the £6m budget of the British team, Bromley - who is married to Olympic bronze medallist Shelley Rudman - has unfathomably remained outside the UK system for more than a decade.

However, skeleton has been Britain’s most reliable provider of Olympic medals with seven podium places, including three golds, in the five Games before Beijing.

But questions have been raised about their kit for Beijing, which seemed way off pace with rival nations - despite high hopes it would make a decisive difference.

“My door is always open and it always has been open,” said Bromley, who boasts a best finish of fifth in four Team GB Olympic appearances between 2002 and 2014.

“The British programme wanted to go down a different path and I respected that.

“I went down my path and I wanted to work with international athletes and broaden my experience base outside the British programme. I’ve done that now, I’ve had a successful six years but the next move, who knows?”

Bromley though has delivered success on a fraction of the budget with a dedicated athlete focussed approach.

And that tactic could be the way ahead when funding decisions are made for the next Olympic cycle to Milano-Cortina.

“I can’t say what they’ve done and where they’ve spent their money. From the outside looking in, it’s clear that something wasn’t right,” added Bromley.

“There was clearly something not clicking and I suppose the big question we were all asking was what are they going to bring out in terms of innovation, was it going to be a set-change to put them in medal contention? That was the question we all had and it didn’t look they had the innovation in the bank.

“Just spending money and creating big teams doesn’t deliver medals. You’ve got to focus on the right athletes and the right technologies and get yourself into that position.”

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