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Narracott set for big weekend at Lake Placid

15 December 2016

SKELETON: She kicked off her 2016 season with a silver medal at the North American Cup in Calgary, now skeleton athlete Jaclyn Narracott will look to continue the fantastic results at this weekend’s World Cup in Lake Placid.

“I’m heading in very confident of a good result,” said Narracott who will line up alongside the world’s best skeleton athletes at the second World Cup of the 2016/2017 season.

The Brisbane native will head into competition with the added confidence that her career best result came on this track at a World Cup event in January.

“Realistically I’m expecting at least a top 15 finish. However, I would love to repeat last season’s efforts (7th) or even go better”

The American track was also where Narracott first tried Skeleton and it wasn’t long before she fell in love with the sport.

“I came from track and field and started skeleton because curiosity got the better of me.

“Two runs from corner 9 and I was hooked.”

After this World Cup and a short Christmas break the hunt for Pyeongchang 2018 qualification will be well and truly on as the 26-year-old will look to secure her first Olympic appearance.

“Qualifying for the Olympics means everything to me,” said Narracott, who, if she is successful in being selected on the Australian Olympic Team will become the second Olympian in her family.

Paul Narracott, Jaclyn’s uncle was the first Australian to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games, running in the men’s 100m and 200m at the Los Angeles 1984 Games before participating in the two-man bobsleigh at Albertville 1992.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to follow in my uncle’s footsteps and qualifying for PyeongChang will give me a chance to do that.

“Getting there is only step one though. Once I’m there we’re aiming for the top.”

Narracott recently received a huge boost in her Olympic campaign, being awarded a scholarship through Olympic Solidarity funding.

“The Olympic scholarship is a huge financial relief.

“Being largely self-funded this additional help will go towards new equipment, hopefully a sliding coach and covering some of the costs of tour.”

The number one Australian and Oceania slider, Narracott is currently sitting in 21st spot on the world rankings with competition set to intensify as Olympic hopefuls aim to lock in one of 20 spots on the 2018 programme.

To book her ticket to the Pyeongchang Games through an Oceania qualification, Narracott will need to be ranked in the Top 45 in the World and hit the physical benchmarks set by Sliding Sports Australia, the National Federation for the sport.

But Narracott is determined to try and get herself into the top 16, securing an individual quota spot. 

“Hopefully, the next 14 months sees me continue to improve my sliding so I qualify Aus a female single athlete quota spot.

“That’s going to be tough given the girls I’m up against but it’s definitely possible.

For Narracott the next 14 months will include competing on the World Cup tour and two visits to the Olympic city of Pyeongchang; once for the test event and again in 2017 for more training.

With no sliding course in Australia, Narracott in the past has used her local athletics track and ice rink in Brisbane to train for the northern hemisphere season, until a recent move to Bath in the UK.

“As great as being home is, I needed the change and to be around other skeleton athletes 24/7.”

The female athletes will take to the track at 11.30pm AEST on Saturday night (December 17), while 2014 Olympian John Farrow will race at 11:45pm on Friday night (December 16).

Live streaming of the IBSF World Cup can be found at: http://www.ibsf.org/en/ibsf-tv 

Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au

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