Skeleton - Creighton slow and steady on road to Sochi

Great Britain skeleton rider Donna Creighton insists she is taking it one competition at a time in her bid to make it to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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With just under 500 days to go before the opening ceremony, Creighton is looking to put her dismal 2011/12 behind as she prepares for a new season of FIBT World Cups.

And she believes the competition for three available places can only be a positive as the team bids for a fourth straight medal.

“I haven’t set any targets for this season, to be honest,” said the 27-year-old.

“I’m just going to take each race as they come. Obviously, the first is our selection races and that’s my main focus.

“Once I’ve got those out of the way, and I know where I’m going to be, then I’ll think about what I want to achieve.

“That’s the thing I learned from last year was not thinking too far ahead and focus on one step at a time.

“We’ve got the world championships in January, but it’s about concentrating on those eight races before the Olympic season.

“We’ve got five females in the squad that are very strong and there’s four of us that have all qualified for the world cups that we have this year.

“We’re all very strong and that’s a big benefit for us as a squad overall because the stronger we are as a team, the more quota places we’ll get.

“To have that inter-competition as a team and put pressure on each other as a nation is good.”

Creighton’s more relaxed approach to the next 18 months and build-up to Sochi has come through putting a lot of work into the psychological part of her game.

But she admitted that when it comes to motivation to succeed, she need not look further than the exploits of her peers in the summer Games after an exceptional London 2012 Olympics.

She said: “I found last year that it was a mental game for me, putting a lot of pressure on myself to perform.

“When I do that, I don’t seem to slide very well. Over the last six months, we’ve worked with psychologists, and they’ve worked with us throughout the summer on the mind game and mind training.

“It’s been about getting us in the right mind-set for the next 18 months. That’s what I’ve been working on, as well as training and improving to make myself quicker than I ever have been.

“The summer Games was a massive inspiration. To see other competitors and your peers competing at that level, and just knowing what other athletes have to go through, it’s a reassurance that you’re not on your own.

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