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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 11:38 GMT
Rudman receives funding boost
Shelley Rudman
Rudman won Britain's first medal in Turin
Shelley Rudman has been promised extra funding after winning Olympic silver in the skeleton bob in Turin on Thursday.

UK Sport said Rudman, 24, is entitled to an Athlete Personal Award of up to 23,000 a year from 1 April.

"That's brilliant news," Rudman told BBC Radio Five Live. "We need money to raise the profile and progress."

Rudman has largely been funded by UK Sport via the British Bob Skeleton Association (BBSA) and friends and family in her home town of Pewsey.

UK Sport pumped 377,520 into the BBSA in the four years before Turin but that money is divided between 20 athletes.

It's a very expensive sport to become really good at
Shelley Rudman

That money pays for accommodation, travel, training and equipment, but Rudman paid for her 3,000 sled out of money raised by the Shelley Rudman Supporters Group.

Rudman has also been aided by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

"We can't recreate conditions because we don't have snow or ice in England," said Rudman.

"So I go away for five months and train solidly in Europe. It's a very expensive sport to become really good at.

"UK Sport has been absolutely fantastic over the years, as has TASS and I got my personal scholarship this year, so it's getting there.

"The profile of skeleton is getting bigger, we're attracting sponsors and it's going in the right direction."


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