Skeleton: David Swift aims for Great Britain World Cup squad

By James LawBBC Devon
David Swift
David Swift was the 2008 British skeleton champion

British skeleton racer David Swift says he is using the disappointment of missing the Sochi Winter Olympics as his motivation to succeed this season.

The 29-year-old is aiming to earn one of two places in the British squad for this year's World Cup.

"I have one of the Sochi tickets that my parents were going to use as a constant reminder," Swift said.

"I'm fully expecting to carry on for the next four years and make it right in South Korea," he told BBC Sport.

Swift begins the road to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a training camp in Norway before a selection race in Germany next month.

That will determine whether the Newton Abbot athlete will race in the elite World Cup series or the second-tier Intercontinental Cup.

"I think in terms of what's up for grabs, it's a World Cup spot that I'm after," added Swift.

"We have two World Cup spots this year and two Intercontinental Cup spots, and at the moment we've got three athletes who are going to be racing for them."

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