A WINTER Olympic hopeful is dreaming of winning a gold medal in four years after seeing her close friend and training partner on the podium in Sochi.
Laura Deas, 24, of Bowling Bank, Wrexham, just missed out on competing in the skeleton at Sochi, losing out to close friend and now Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold in qualifying.
Lizzy won Team GB’s first gold of the Games in the women’s skeleton, further establishing Britain as a dominant force in the sport having won medals in the last four games.
Laura is now dreaming of continuing the run in four years’ time and winning a medal of her own.
She said: “It was fantastic to see Lizzy retain the gold medal for Great Britain.
“I am so happy for her.
“She is my friend who I train with and talk to every day. But looking forward I would really hope it can me be next time.”
Laura said she has been watching the Olympics from her home in Bath where she trains, but said she feels had she been given the opportunity she could have done well this year at the Games.
She said: “I have had some mixed feelings watching the skeleton.
“I did think I would have been competitive against a lot of the competitors there and in fact I am higher in the world rankings than a lot.
“I don’t think I would have won a medal at this point but I don’t think I would have embarrassed myself either.”
Laura said she is now focused on making it to the next Olympics in 2018 in South Korea and said she will be training hard to make the cut.
“I know I am in a good place because of the fantastic programme I am on,” she said.
“The aim is to do well at the World Cup next year and then train hard and really push for a place at the next Olympics when, who knows, I may be able to replicate what Lizzy has done and what Amy Williams did for Britain the Games before.”