Creighton forced to look on

Great Britain have an embarrassment of riches in skeleton - just ask Donna Creighton.


Had Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman and world silver medallist Amy Williams not been around the 24-year-old would have been preparing to make her Olympic debut.

Instead Creighton will play a watching brief at the Whistler Sliding Centre on February 18 and 19 as Williams and Rudman bid to claim Britain’s maiden skeleton gold.

Despite her best efforts, Creighton’s FIBT ranking of 17th wasn’t enough to qualify three British sleds leaving performance director Andi Schmid with no qualms over who to chose.

However it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for Creighton – who picked up a career best World Cup finish of sixth in Germany in December – and she has vowed to make the most of her trip to Canada.

"Obviously I haven’t got exactly what I wanted or what I was hoping for but I am planning to take the experience on the chin and learn from it," said Creighton.

"It is obviously disappointing to miss out on selection – but Shelley is an Olympic silver medallist and Amy is a world silver medallist.

"They both have a wealth of experience and are really peaking at the right time and I just wish them all the best of luck at the Games and hopefully in a few years’ time I can carry on the success they have had.

"I was on the outskirts of selection before Christmas and it was looking like we would have three spots available at the Olympics.

"I was so close and wanted it so badly but unfortunately races from then didn’t go too well. But I won’t give up I will definitely keep going and working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

As a result of her omission Creighton is already looking towards the 2014 Sochi Olympics but she still has a vital role to play in aiding Rudman and Williams in Whistler.

Creighton will be joined by Chris Type – who was overlooked in favour of Kristan Bromley and Adam Pengilly on the men’s team – as the reserves should anything go wrong with the four first-choice athletes.

And while Creighton wishes no bad luck on her British teammates between now and their first run – she admitted she would be ready if the worst comes to the worst.

"It is good that I get the chance to go out to Whistler and hopefully I will be able to go out and watch the guys train, help them out a little bit and give some feedback if possible," she added.

"I know I will have make sure I am training as well and that I am at peak performance just in case I do get called upon for whatever reason.

"Hopefully someone won’t get injured and nothing bad will happen but who knows? Personally I hope they do really well and represent Great Britain as best as they can."

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