Creighton hopeful of reaching Pyeongchang after making bobsleigh switch

Creighton hopeful of reaching Pyeongchang after making bobsleigh switch
By Sportsbeat

07/07/2017 at 17:43

With the next Winter Olympics under a year away, Donna Creighton is hoping her switch from skeleton to bobsleigh will boost her chances of making it to Pyeongchang.

The 31-year-old is hoping to reach her first winter games after switching sliding disciplines, having spent almost 14 years as a skeleton athlete.

Creighton started her career in 2004, competing at six World Cups before retiring in April, but has been training hard and learning how to pilot a bobsleigh ahead of the new campaign.

"I know is a big, big challenge," said Creighton.

"I still have that urge to continue representing the country until at least Pyeongchang to try to fulfil that Olympic dream, as that's what's missing from my skeleton CV.

"If I hadn't given this a go, I think I would have been questioning myself a few years down the line."

Creighton will compete in the second tier and World Cup in the new season, and the former heptathlete has bolstered the numbers in the British bobsleigh team.

World junior champion Mica McNeill is the only other pilot in the women's programme after the retirement of Paula Walker following the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

Creighton added: "That team element really excites me.

"That's really important as I'm not just competing on my own any more – I have someone else I have to worry about in the back of the sled and if I crash, it's not just me that's affected – it's someone else as well."

Her road to Pyeongchang will begin in November before qualification ends on January 14, 2018, less than a month before the games start.

Sportsbeat 2017