SOLIHULL speed skater Jon Eley admits he is a man on a mission in Vancouver as he aims to bring home a Winter Olympic gold.
The 25-year-old announced himself on the world stage at the Turin Games four years ago, narrowly missing out on a medal after finishing fifth in the 500m.
Eley ensured he arrived in Canada in confident mood by claiming silver at the European Championships in Dresden last month.
And with his podium appearance coming despite a lack of preparation, Eley has vowed to end Great Britain’s 16-year short track medal drought in Vancouver.
“I think with a bit of luck I would have won gold in Europe so I am feeling good heading into the Olympics,” said Eley, who used to play ice hockey for Solihull Barons.
“We trained very hard into the European Championships which meant we were probably the most tired out of everyone out there as we hadn’t tapered. When the Olympics get underway we’ll be perfectly rested.”
Former Hall Green School student Jon secured sponsorship from his uncle’s accountancy firm Chantrey Vellacott DFK - and he believes his £1000 custom-made boots may just give him the edge in Vancouver.
“I definitely believe I can go out there now and claim a medal,” said Jon.
“I’m going into this competition more confident than I’ve ever gone into an event before and hopefully that will show.
“I feel I’m definitely in the required form to make the final and once I get there then it’s every man for himself.”
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