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Exclusive: Jessica Ennis-Hill backs Rudman for Sochi glory

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Jessica Ennis-Hill has voiced her support for British skeleton bobsledder Shelley Rudman ahead of her third venture into the Winter Olympic games.

Rudman, the reigning world champion in the bobsled event, will be hoping to take the Gold at the Sochi Olympics, which have already attracted vast amounts of attention due to Russia’s stance on homosexual athletes.

The 32-year-old claimed the silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and was the flag bearer for Great Britain four years ago in Vancouver, though she only managed sixth place.

This time close friend and current Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill believes there’s no reason why Rudman can’t earn herself a spot on the podium in Sochi.

Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Ennis-Hill said: “I know Shelley will have done everything she can to be in top form for the Olympics – and as this is her 3rd Olympics there is little I can say that she won’t know. But I would just say – all of her fellow EIS sheffield athletes will be with her all the way – and know she can win a medal in Sochi.”

The 28-year-old, who achieved glory at the 2012 London Olympics, went on to state her admiration for Rudman, and admitted that she was an inspiration for mums looking to remain active in competition.

“I admire what Shelley has been able to achieve in her sport whilst being an incredible mum to Ella [her daughter] – she is a great role model for competing mums and an inspiration,” Ennis-Hill added.

Rudman herself has expressed her desire to win another Olympic medal, but is determined to not let let the pressure of being a household name get to her as it did in Vancouver.

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