Deas wants to use World Cup as preparation for World Championships
Wales' Laura Deas says she is aiming to use the World Cup series as a catalyst for success for February's World Championships in Whistler.
Deas is 14th in the World Cup standings after three events, though she missed the first round in Sigulda, Latvia, earlier this month due to illness.
But round four in Konigssee, Germany, this weekend has been postponed.
"Everything I do this season is building to the World Championships," Deas told BBC Sport Wales.
Winter Olympics bronze medal winner Deas is now Great Britain's top-ranked skeleton rider following the retirement of Lizzie Yarnold and eager to underline her status.
"Unfortunately I ended up missing the first event of the World Cup, so it's been a slightly up and down start to the season, but I feel I am back into it now," she said.
"I am always looking for a top six place now, I want to be on the podium, I have been around long enough now that, that is my expectation.
"My target for this year is the World Championships at Whistler in February, I want a medal there. Whistler is a track I've had good results on before.
"You want to peak for the major championships, any success between now and then is a bonus really."