Winter Olympics - Lindsay knows it's now or never

Eurosport - Thu, 11 Feb 15:56:00 2010

Short track speed skater Sarah Lindsay admits her patience has been pushed to breaking point as she bids to bring down the curtain on her Olympic career with a podium place in Vancouver.

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The 29-year-old British champion will take in her third and final Winter Games in Canada after debuting at Salt Lake City eight years ago and falling one stage short of the medal showdown at Turin 2006 (pictured).

Lindsay, who has held the national title since 2000, has tasted World Cup success just once - claiming silver in 2007 - and missed a large chunk of the 07/08 season with a ruptured spinal disc.

But after rediscovering her form in time to book a seat on the plane to Vancouver, the former European silver medallist is aiming to bow out of the Winter Games in style.

"I have been tired and I've been racing tired as well," said Lindsay.

"It can be worrying when you are not performing as well as you know you can because you are just trusting that everything will come good at the right time.

"It has been a little difficult since the last Olympics with my back injury and there were times when I was quite low.

"It is very hard to just carry on going and hope that everything is going to be fine.

"But the last few weeks have really boosted my confidence because the training has been so hard and previously I wasn't going as quickly as I would have liked.

"That has given everyone a lift at just the right time and we'll go into it in good spirits.

"The last few weeks everyone is starting to skate quickly and there is a lot of optimism in the team now.

"My preparation is more about making sure I am mentally ready to execute my races when I need to.

"I'm confident of being able to do it because I have a good level of Olympic experience."

Lindsay is tipped to hang up her blades for good after the World Championships in Sheffield next year.

But with Jon Eley claiming silver at last month's European Championships and teenage prodigy Elise Christie snapping at her heels, the National Ice Centre-based flier is leaving Britain's future medal hopes in good hands.

"We want to bring back medals and there are a lot of medal opportunities," added Lindsay.

"The men's relay team are very strong and Jon Eley has a great chance.

"It was good to see him win his silver medal at the Europeans, it was a good boost for the rest of the squad as well.

"We have a lot of good young skaters now and the sport has progressed a long way since I first became involved with it."

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