Sochi 2014: Jon Eley aims to put disappointments behind him
Sochi 2014: Jon Eley believes his back to the drawing board approach will see him put last season’s disappointments behind him
Solihull short track speed skater Jon Eley believes his back to the drawing board approach will see him put last season’s disappointments behind him as he bids for Olympic glory in Sochi.
The 28-year-old endured a torrid season last time out, competing in all six World Cup rounds, and taking to the ice in all eight of the scheduled 500m races to end up ranking 12th in the final overall standings.
But the worst was still to come as at March’s World Championships in Hungary Eley was disqualified in his 500m semi-final – as well as failing to progress to the final of the men’s 5000m relay.
However, with the new season right around the corner Eley believes he knows what went wrong last campaign.
And with the Sochi Winter Olympics now less than 200 days away he is adamant lightning won’t strike twice in his bid for Games glory.
“The new short track speed skating season is only a month away now and I am eager to get back at it, especially with what happened with me at the World Championships,” said Eley, who was taking part in the P&G partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) to deliver the ‘nearest & dearest’ programme to educate families of Sochi 2014 Olympians.
“But in truth the whole season didn’t go quite to plan. I did do a bit better at the World Championships but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be.
“But hopefully the work I have put in over the summer and the things I have got in place I am ready to put that behind me this time around.
“There were a few things I tried to change last season and I had a few equipment changes which at the time I thought was necessary.
“But I have sorted them out now and have gone back a bit to what I was doing before and what worked for me and I am happy with where I am right now.”
Sochi will be Eley’s third Olympic outing having also represented Team GB at the 2006 Games in Turin as well as Vancouver four years later.
But despite this undoubted pedigree Eley insists he is taking nothing for granted and is not about to count his chickens before they have hatched.
“First and foremost this season I need to qualify international and am not about to take anything for granted,” added Eley, who was joined at the event by P&G partnership and British Olympic Association (BOA) ambassadors Henry Nwume and Robin Cousins to deliver the ‘nearest & dearest’ programme.
“Once that is done I will look forward to the Winter Games and the steps I need to take and hopefully by the end of the season I will have done something to make myself and my country proud.
“From my experiences it is all about qualify to start with, getting the job done in that regard and then start looking at the Games.
“I have a support team around me that will have the Olympics in mind but for me it is all about qualify firstly, no mistakes and when I get there I will be raring to go.”
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