KRISTAN BROMLEY, the British skeleton veteran, is convinced he still has every chance of crowning his career with an elusive Winter Olympic medal as he prepares for his fourth Games in Sochi this month.
The 41-year-old has swept the board of honours in his sport except for the most prestigious one of all, with his best finish a fifth place at the Turin Games in 2006. Bromley admitted he seriously considered retirement in the wake of a relatively disappointing performance in Vancouver four years ago but says he is now more driven than ever to give the Olympics one last shot.
"After 2010 I just didn't feel ready to walk away, I knew I had to give it another go," he admitted. "It's still there within me and I just felt if I back out now I will always regret it.
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"I always say to myself that so long as I'm still challenging in or around the top six I'll continue and I feel like my form and preparations are coming good at the right time."
Despite enduring a difficult Olympic season, Bromley stormed back to form in the final race of the regular season in Konigssee last weekend when he climbed 10 places after a poor first run to earn a final finishing position of sixth.
It was Bromley's best result of the year and but for a single bad mistake on the first run it would have been enough to move him into medal contention, proving that he still has what it takes at the top level.
"I feel like I'm in the best place I've been for a couple of years but I have to be realistic about these things," he said. "I am 41 and although I'm still getting personal bests in my weights and my sprints it's not happening every day and some days I'm having to back off and take a rest.
"But I have an inside drive to do better and I don't feel I've shown my best in an Olympic environment."