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Welsh slider Chris Type reveals Winter Olympic blow

Chris Type
Type ensured Team GB qualification for the 2010 Winter Olympics

Welsh slider Chris Type has revealed his Winter Olympic heartbreak.

The 28-year-old was the first British overall Intercontinental champion and helped to ensure Team GB's skeleton bob team qualified for the Vancouver Games.

But Type was overlooked by chiefs when naming their two-man team - choosing Kristan Bromley and Adam Pengilly, who is below Type in the world rankings.

Type said: "I earned the spot and I'm a little bit disappointed that it has been given to someone else."

The Merthyr slider is Team GB's first skeleton bob reserve so will travel to Canada before the 21st Winter Olympics, which begin on 12 February, in case Bromley or Pengilly suffer an injury.

Bromley - who finished fifth at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin - became the first man in history to win the World Championship, European Championship and World Cup in the same season in 2008.

The 37-year-old is a serious Olympic medal contender and Type hoped to partner him at Whistler Sliding Centre - where the action starts on 18 February - but British Olympic Association chiefs opted for Pengilly.

Pengilly, 32, has largely competed alongside Bromley in skeleton's World Cup events this season, while Type appears in the lower-profile Intercontinental Cup.

However, Type is ranked 12th in the world, six places ahead of Somerset slider Pengilly.

A 10th-place finish in a World Cup event is worth almost as many ranking points (144) as an Intercontinental Cup win (150), but Pengilly has only broken into the World Cup top 10 on one occasion this season.

"I don't understand the decision," admitted Type.

"The world rankings speak for themselves as far as a season's worth of performances go.

"Officially I haven't been given a reason as why I wasn't going to be selected.

"I'm the first British athlete to win an overall Intercontinental title and I won the overall title by quite a large margin in the end which was nice and a great achievement - but there's no Olympic Games so I've mixed emotions."

Type conceded he is considering his future in the sport but will support his British team-mates in Canada.

"Being a reserve is not much of a consolation prize," Type said.

"But I'll support my team-mates of course, although is is not an ideal situation to be in."

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