Shone's Olympic dreams

Brakeswoman is a walking miracle

Last Updated: 08/03/12 12:14pm

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Just five months after GB bobsleigher Serita Shone broke her back in a life-threatening injury she is back in training.

The 22-year-old brakeswoman has defied doctors who claimed she may never walk again, after she broke her back at the L1 and L2 vertebrae in a horror smash in Germany last October.

"I really do believe that if things keep going in the same direction that I'll be able to come back as good and hopefully become an even better athlete in the future"
Serita Shone Quotes of the week

The former U20 and U23 heptathlete spoke to Sky Sports about the accident and her Winter Olympic aims.

Shone said: "We just came off the corner wrong and the bob came off and squashed me between the ice and the bob hence hurting my back.

"I broke my L1-L2 region and then had to continue the rest of the course upside down thinking 'wow this hurts a lot'."

"My ambition is to be an Olympian, hopefully 2014, I've got a long way to go in the process due to the proximity of it, it might be unlikely but I'm still going to try, and if not a medallist at the 2018 Olympics."

Comeback

While her GB team-mates are training without her at the moment, they are upbeat about her return.

GB compatriot Nikki McSweeney said: "Her rehabs gone so well so far, she's got time on her hands, not only has she got 2014 but she's also got 2018 to look forward to as well."

Another ex-athlete and part of Shone's squad, Frances Slater said: "When she went away from the squad we did notice and everyone was a bit down, it will be nice to have her back."

With progress still to be made on her comeback trail, the former Bath University student will have a scan next month which will confirm whether she can resume squad training in September.

GB bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson said: "It's a long hard road for Serita, we know that, she knows that, but she's got the best help.

"She's got great physiotherapy support from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and UK Sport, she's being looked after well."

Reflecting on the horrific incident in Winterberg last year Shone has made it clear her dreams are far from over.

"I really do believe that if things keep going in the same direction that I'll be able to come back as good and hopefully become an even better athlete in the future," said Shone.

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