Bobsleigh - Jackson confident of progression with Pickering

John Jackson believes his partnership with Craig Pickering will only get stronger after the former sprinter was confirmed as his pairing for the Bobsleigh World Championships.

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Pickering and pilot Jackson will compete in the two-man event for Great Britain, just a month after the former ditched sprinting in favour of a new challenge.

They made their first appearance together earlier this month at the World Cup in Koenigsee, finishing 19th.

But Jackson is confident their partnership can prosper at the World Championships, which take place at Switzerland's historic Celerina Olympic Bobrun in St Moritz venue, starting tomorrow.

"I think the addition of Craig is a big boost to the team," said Jackson.

"Considering he has only done limited technique work at Bath University, and only had four training runs on ice prior to the first race, I think he did really well.

"With the guys on the four man team last year, it took over half a season to start to work out how to push a sled rather than running with a sled.

"I believe that Craig has come in at a higher level, but will be better next year."

For Pickering, who competed as a sprinter at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as attending four different athletics World Championships, the bobsleigh equivalent is a chance to show how far he has come in a short space of time.

"It's been made quite clear that I'm going into the World Championships more for the exposure to competition than anything else," said the 26-year-old.

"I've sort of been thrown in at the deep end. I'm still learning the sport - learning how to push properly and things like that. Although I'm not amazing yet, it's coming along reasonably well.

"I definitely want to go to the Winter Olympics. That's one of the main attractions about coming across to bobsleigh. There's a long way to go before I make it anywhere near good enough yet though."

� Sportsbeat 2013

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