Sochi 2014: David Swift waits on GB squad announcement

22nd Winter Olympics

  • Venue: Sochi, Russia
  • Date: 7-23 February

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Devon bobsleigh skeleton racer David Swift is optimistic of making the Great Britain team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Swift, from Newton Abbott, will find out on Wednesday whether he has made the cut for the showpiece event.

"There's a lot of variables still to go to decide the quota spots," Swift told BBC Spotlight.

"I've done everything I can so I am hopeful. I'm the third-placed British athlete so it's fingers crossed."

The 29-year-old said he has developed a huge amount since missing out on selection for the 2010 Games.

"Four years ago I was very, very inexperienced," he explained. "Push-start-wise I'm in the top three in the world, as I was then, but my driving has moved on a lot since then.

"I've had some disappointing results but my overall game has moved on a huge amount from four years ago."

Swift said he would expect to reach speeds of about 137kph (approximately 85mph) on his sled, nicknamed Rita.

"It's a lot more technical than people give it credit for," he added. "You don't just climb on and let it slide down - there's a lot of skill involved."

Swift was the British champion in 2008, and has also been used as a test pilot on the track which will be used for the event in 2014.