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Shelley Rudman Biography
Shelley Rudman was born March 23, 1981 and is a British Olympic athlete. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in skeleton; the only medal for Great Britain at the games. She originates from Pewsey, Wiltshire, but now lives in Sheffield, England.
She took up the sport of skeleton after watching Briton Alex Coomber win a bronze medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics. A year later in 2003, she was placed 10th in the World Junior Championships for skeleton. In 2004 she won the Europa Cup in Igls, Austria. In 2005 she won gold in the World University Games.
Shelley's best finish at the FIBT World Championships was 10th in the women's skeleton event at St. Moritz in 2007.
She sat out the 2007-08 Skeleton World Cup season to give birth to her daughter Ella Marie, but made an impact on her return to the sport for the 2008-09 season. Shelley won the 2008-09 Skeleton World Cup event at Igls, Austria on December 12, 2008. She then earned her second medal of her 2008/9 World Cup campaign with a silver medal at Konigssee in Germany, in January 2009.
Success continued as Shelley won the 2009 European Bob Skeleton Championships at the St Moritz track in Switzerland, breaking the track record with a time of 1:09.97 on her second run. She finished the season 2nd in the overall World Rankings published by the FIBT. Shelley uses skeleton bobsleighs designed and manufactured by fiance Kristan Bromley's company, Bromley Technologies Ltd, at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).
Shelley is supported by Bromley Technologies' Formula Ice 2010 programme. This sponsorship funded, high performance sports engineering initiative operates similarly to a mini Formula One team and seeks to add value to athlete performance through technological innovation and expertise. This unique programme currently supports Shelley, Kristan Bromley and Nicola Minichiello (Bobsleigh).
On 29th January 2010, Shelley was officially announced as part of the Team GB Skeleton Bobsleigh squad to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Other squad members included, Amy Williams, with Kristan Bromley and Adam Pengilly in the men's competition.
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