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One of Britain's most experienced skeleton athletes has swapped the skeleton for the bobsleigh. NEW

Donna Creighton has switched sports after 13 years as a skeleton slider.

She's learning to pilot the bob and hopes to compete at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next February.

Few people have attempted the challenge before.

Creighton, who's 31, appeared at six World Championships, winning the Intercontinental Cup crown and picking up World Cup podium places along the way in her skeleton career.

In an interview published on the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) website, Creighton said she knew it would be a "big, big challenge".

She said it took her a few weeks to get used to running upright again, rather than sprinting bent over as she had to at the start of the skeleton.

Donna CreightonAs she was - photo BBSA




















"I've always been drawn to it and, over the years, there's been a few little jokes about coming over and trying it as I have a powerful speed background from being a quick starter in skeleton.

"I'm all for grasping hold of opportunities and making the most of them and, if I hadn't given this a go, I think I would have been questioning myself a few years down the line."

It's not her first change of sport - she used to be a heptathlete.

Donna CreightonAs she is - photo BBSA











Creighton said she had been welcomed into the team.

"When I went out to La Plagne for my first week on ice in March, they all made me feel very much at home.

"It was quite nerve wracking coming into a new sport, especially as there was an element of expectation given that I'd already been a skeleton athlete, but they made it very easy.

"More than anything, they made it immediately enjoyable.

"That's really important as I'm not just competing on my own anymore - I have someone else I have to worry about in the back of the sled and if I crash, it's not just me that's affected, it's someone else as well.

"That team element really excites me and I think it'll bring out the best in me. You need to build those bonds.

"Creating that team spirit is a huge thing in the sport and I've been really impressed so far."

The full interview is on the BBSA website.


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