Meet the Athlete Role Model: Shelley Rudman
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a list of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who will support the young athletes going to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 to 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. They are presented individually through a short interview. Today: Shelley Rudman.
Name: Shelley Rudman
Country: United Kingdom
How and why did you start your sport?Through a university friend who was already on the GB skeleton team. He was training on the start track, which is designed to replicate the push start technique in our sport, and I ended up having a go during his training session. I was then hooked on trying to learn the sport.
What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?
My Olympic silver medal and my World Championship title.
What achievements are you most proud of outside your sporting career?
Having my children and trying to be the best role model to them possible.
Favourite moment at the Olympics? A special memory of one of your participations?
My first Olympic Opening Ceremony in Turin. To me it was just unbelievably magical, and you can't beat the first time you walk out into a stadium for one of the greatest events on earth.
What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?
I love working with young athletes and trying to encourage them to be active and take part in sport. I've also been through a variety of experiences through sport, and it's great that I can try to pass on knowledge I have learnt to athletes which may help them in their careers.
What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?
The fact that it is designed to help athletes enjoy and prepare for a major event whilst also trying their best to do as well as they can in their sports.
What are you looking forward to the most in Lillehammer 2016?
The atmosphere and meeting all the athletes.
What’s next for you in your career?
Hopefully I will continue to work with and mentor and train young athletes whilst being active in my own chosen sport.
What are your hobbies?
I love going on long dog walks, textile craft and acrylic painting.