Winter Olympics - British confidence for four-man

Eurosport - Wed, 24 Feb 12:31:00 2010

Bobsleigh pilot John James Jackson got straight back on to the horse after his crash in the two-man event and insists the British quartet will be pushing the limits in the four-man.

Britain's four-man team speed down track during training session at Bobsleigh World Cup tournament in St. Moritz - 0

Jackson's Olympic debut did not last long on Saturday as he and brakeman Dan Money were disqualified after a crash in the first heat of the two-man competition.

The controversial Whistler Sliding Centre track, the fastest in the world, has seen numerous crashes in training in both the women's and the men's competitions with fellow Brits Paula Walker and Kelly Thomas have also suffered a spill in training.

But Jackson, who will team up with Money, Henry Nwume and Allyn Condon in the four-man competition, believes there are reasons for optimism after finishing 18th and 12 in their two training runs on Tuesday.

"We're pretty satisfied with the progress we made. We didn't make a great start on the first run, but improved that a lot for the second," he said.

"It's about looking for the limits, and learning how best to manage the track, and that's what we're doing.

"The changes that have been made to the track are small, but they will probably make people happier so that's good. But at heart this is still a really challenging track. You won't change that."

Meanwhile former sprinter Condon, who will become the first Brit to compete at the Summer and the Winter Olympic since Marcus Adam eight years ago, revealed the quartet are ahead of schedule.

"I'm pleased with the way we got better on the second start," he said.

"We were aiming for five seconds flat, but we improved on that and did it in 4.94. We set a standard and beat it, which is what we have to keep doing."

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