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Last Updated: Friday, 7 March 2008, 13:14 GMT
Swift hoping for Olympic chance
Dave Swift
Swift won silver at the Junior World Championships in February
Devon's national bob skeleton champion Dave Swift said he is eager to make the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Newton Abbot racer will have to move up to the top squad of racers in the years leading up to the event.

A top three berth would see him promoted to team GB's "Podium Squad" alongside the elite riders, including world number one Kristan Bromley.

"I have to make sure my results are consistent and get into the top three British sliders," he said.

His coach Danny Holdcroft told BBC Spotlight: "He's shown ability with his sliding and we know, as Kristan showed in the World Championships, experience counts.

"So the more years David gets under his belt from a sliding perspective, the better he's going to become."

When I'm starting I tend to think of it as a 100m race

British bob skeleton champion Dave Swift

Swift was originally a sprinter with the University of Bath's athletics team. But after a trial with the GB bob skeleton squad, who are also based at the university, he swapped the track for the mountain.

"My sprint coach recommended it to me and it went from there. It was a case of right place at the right time. They were looking for people when I came along," he said.

"When I'm starting I tend to think of it as a 100m race. It gets me psyched up and makes me explode out the block more."

He now trains on the specially designed bobsleigh and skeleton track at the University of Bath. It allows racers to train for the start of a race, which is the most important part of a skeleton run.

Dave Swift
Swift also won the British title in his first full year of competition

A tenth of a second lost on the start translates into three tenths at the bottom, so for British racers who cannot always access snow, a good start can give them an advantage.

Swift is seen as one of the fastest starters in the world. That lightening start has not only seen him win the British Championship, but also a silver at the World Junior Championships as well.

His aim now is to keep on winning, and book a place in the British team bound for Canada and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.





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