British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) performance director Gary Anderson has claimed his teams are “ahead of the game” with their preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang after the squad took part in two summer training camps.
The British contingent travelled to Tenero and Sestriere in Italy for a series of warm weather exercises and then made their way to the Swiss Olympic Training Centre in St Moritz.
The teams returned to Sestriere for another two-week stint before they used the Turin 2006 Olympic track for the final week of the camp, their first time on the ice since March.
Anderson, given responsibility for overseeing the bobsleigh and skeleton squads at Pyeongchang 2018, was happy with the training camps but warned against complacency as the build-up to the Games in the South Korean resort continues.
“We’ve been delighted with the facilities on offer and the athlete application - we ask a lot of them and they always respond,” he said.
“It's not always comfortable for them but that is by design as we are looking at athletes who want to make the journey to the next Olympics in 2018 and we need to see how they react and cope with every eventuality that could present itself in Pyeongchang."
Anderson added: “We can’t rest on our laurels or feel too pleased with ourselves, though, as we know that we simply have to be this far on given the intensity and seriousness of what lies ahead now that the next Winter Olympics are just 19 months away.
“Pyeongchang will be here before we know it and, if we want to come back with a medal, we have to the best prepared we possibly can be and the most mentally and physically ready we’ve ever been.”
Anderson feels the success of their preparations so far stand the British bobsleigh and skeleton squads in good stead as they bid to improve on their performance at Sochi 2014, where Lizzy Yarnold claimed women’s skeleton gold.
She succeeded another Briton, Amy Williams, winner of the Olympic gold medal at Vancouver four years earlier.
Shelley Rudman had won a silver medal at Turin 2006 and Alex Coomber at Salt Lake City 2002, when skeleton had made its Olympic debut for women.
It means Britain have won a medal at every women's event contested.
Britain have won four Olympic medals in bobsleigh.
The last one was at Nagano in 1998 when they won a bronze medal in the four-man.
Britain's only gold medal in bobsleigh came at Innsbruck 1964 when Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won the two-man.
Prior to that, Britain won a bronze medal in the four-man at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936 and a silver at Chamonix in 1924, the first-ever Winter Olympics.
Anderson is optimistic they can add to that total at Pyeongchang 2018.
“This squad have a tremendous work ethic and that’s again been the core theme of the past two weeks,” he said.
“They put their all into training, both on and off the track, and the benefits of that hard work is clear to see.
“[Head coach] Dominik Scherrer has highlighted technical aspects of their pushing and worked on crew identification and we definitely feel we are ahead of the game compared to where we were this time last year and the year before.”