Craig Pickering in GB's Bobsleigh World Championships team
By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Bobsleigh World Championships
Venue: St Moritz, Switzerland
Date: 25-26 January - women's two-man; 26-27 January - men's two-man; 2-3 February men's four-man.
Former sprinter Craig Pickering has been selected for the GB Bobsleigh World Championship squad just over a month after switching sports.
alongside pilot John Jackson on his World Cup debut last week but it was enough to convince selectors of his ability.
"Competing at the Bobsleigh Worlds means so much to me," said Pickering.
GB World Championship team
GBR 1 - John Jackson and Craig Pickering
GBR 2 - Lamin Deen + one other
GBR 1 - Paula Walker, Gillian Cooke
GBR 2 - * Two from; Victoria Olaoye, Kelly Denyer Mica McNeill, Nikki McSweeney, Sarah Adams, Lucy Oneydero
GBR 1 - John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker, Joel Fearon
GBR 2 - Four from; Lamin Deen, Henry Nuwame, Jim Galvin, Andrew Matthews, Ben Simons
* GB women may earn a third berth if they can remain ranked in the top four nations by 22 January
"On a personal level, this is recognition of the hard work I have been putting in the bobsleigh track."
Pickering, who will compete in the two-man competition, continued: "Although I have only been involved in the sport for a short period of time, I understand the importance of World Championships, having gone to four different ones in athletics."
The former European indoor 60m silver medallists admits he is "far from the finished article" but hopes to continue his dramatic improvements in a bid to keep in contention for a place at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"It is always an honour to represent your country, especially so at such an historic location as St Moritz in Switzerland," said Pickering.
"I hope to continue making big steps forwards, as my performance levels have yet to reach anywhere near the levels I expect from myself.
"Competing in the two-man at the World Championships, the aim will be to break the top-15."
His two-man pilot John Jackson, who was at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics added: "It's a great credit to our programme and the athletes we have to be able to start amongst the world's best.
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"The starts and finishes are only going to get better the longer and harder we work together and there's no reason we cannot be the fastest starting crew in the world come Sochi 2014."
British Bobsleigh was formed in 1927 in New York as the UK governing body for the sport
Britain have won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at senior Winter Games
GB won silver at the inaugural Innsbruck Youth Olympics in 2012
There is a strong possibility that Great Britain could enter a third bobsleigh though if they can remain ahead of Russia in the world standings until 22 January.
"Every single athlete we have selected deserves to be there and selections were a very difficult task as we have great strength in depth right now,"
performance director Gary Anderson told BBC Sport.
"That said we all know that this is part of a long-term process toward Sochi in 2014 where we want to be the best prepared physically, technically, mentally and tactically we can be."
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