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Charlotte Longden looks to follow Team GB’s women sliding sports tradition when bobsleigh gets underway at Lausanne 2020

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Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Team GB women have a sliding sports tradition of sorts, with Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Lizzy Yarnold all having won rare Winter Olympic medals in the skeleton.

And the Winter Youth Olympics Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020 – and more specifically St Moritz – have a new British slider looking to make headlines in 17-year-old Charlotte Longden.

While she might be relatively new to the sport, having been poached from her athletics club in Bath, Longden’s sporting pedigree is in little doubt.

A former national level swimmer, county level netballer and a member of Reading hockey club, Longden has plenty of talent that she can channel into this latest sporting endeavour.

Indeed, it is worth remembering that both Yarnold and Williams started out in athletics before switching to sliding sports.

While not among the medal favourites in St Moritz, Longden has shown steady improvement over the course of her eight practice runs, and is clearly relishing the opportunity to become an Olympian. She is enjoying the Olympic experience and doesn’t want to go back to school at Marlborough College just yet.

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