Eurosport – Amanda Lightfoot
Despite enjoying her best World Cup season to date last time out – finishing 68th overall – the campaign still ended on a sour note for Lightfoot.
Although selection is not confirmed until January, Lightfoot has done enough to qualify for next year’s Games already with Great Britain having a quota for one man and one woman.
And she admits she is determined to return to Sochi as she looks to turn her last nightmare outing into a dream performance on the biggest stage of all.
“I actually have to re-qualify for the World Cup this season as I had an accident in Sochi last time,” she said.
“I came off track and injured my knee which needed surgery in April. I was going downhill, down a right-hand bend and hit ice and came flying off and crashed into a tree, or at least I think, I don’t have much memory of it.
“I was really disheartened because I thought will I be able to run again?
“But it is better to get it out of the way now. It is forgotten and I have done a lot of course memory and mental processes on how I will take the track on next time to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
In fact, Lightfoot believes winning the battle in her own head could make all the difference as she bids for Olympic glory in February.
“I will be more mentally prepared for Sochi if I get selected,” she added. “It is something I did off my own back really.
“It started with self-motivation tapes and I find if you imagine yourself going round the track and every corner it could make a difference.
“But for us, Britain being a smaller nation when it comes to the sport, it is impossible so for me I try and make it up in other areas and for me it is the mental side of things.”
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