Bobsleigh star Serita Shone talks to Game Changers

Last Updated: 13/01/14 11:22am

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Bobsleigh star Serita Shone told Game Changers how the film 'Cool Runnings' inspired her to take up the sport.

Shone said the movie, about a Jamaican bobsled team's attempt to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics, was one of the reasons she took up bobsleigh after injury thwarted her ambitions as a heptathlete.

"I used to do athletics," explained Shone, who is a Sky Sports Living for Sport mentor.

"I spent many years doing sprinting and then I went into the event of heptathlon, which Jess Ennis-Hill does. I've trained a couple of times with her doing javelin, which was really good.

"But unfortunately, due to injury, I just kept getting repetitive injuries in my lower legs from high-jumping and I thought 'right, what can I do?'

"So I had the opportunity of a talent transfer into bobsleigh because the power and strength links from athletics to bobsleigh are very strong and a lot of people do come from athletics. I did really well in the trials and it just happened very quickly and then I was a bobsleigh athlete."

Explaining how the film helped her make her decision, she said: "I've always loved 'Cool Runnings'.

"Before I even really knew what bobsleigh was I used to watch it. It's always on at Christmas and I know all of the words.

"It's not only an interesting film it's also quite motivating and inspiring from when they crash and they get back up. It inspires you to aspire to your dreams."

To hear more from Serita, including how she practices in the UK when there isn't any ice or snow, play the video above.

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