Athletics - Pickering defends switch from sprinting to bobsleigh

Craig Pickering insists his switch from sprinting to bobsleigh is not a short-term decision, insisting he sees his long-term future in the winter sports world.

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ATHLETICS Craig Pickering

Pickering, 26, is a 100m runner by trade, appearing at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before missing out on London 2012 through injury.

However having seen his funding cut by UK Athletics Pickering has made the switch to bobsleigh in a bid to join a select band of summer and winter Olympians.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 are Pickering's immediate goal however he is adamant any potential trip to Russia will not be a flash in the pan.

"It's been frustrating because I felt good enough to get funding," said Pickering - who plans to compete in the indoor athletics season next year.

"But I've been in athletics for so long I started to feel a bit jaded. This is a new challenge I'm really excited by.

"I am not in it just for Sochi [2014 Olympics] and then heading off back to athletics, I am in it because I want to do it for a long time.

"Bobsleigh training and athletics training isn't as different as people will think and the initial plan is to do some indoor athletics as well as bobsleigh and ease into the new regime.

"Ultimately I want to help them be in the mix for a medal [in Sochi 2014] and all of my efforts will be in that."

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