Serita Shone: 'I was weightless – then the craziness of the crash'Former heptathlete turned British bobsleigher explains how she is battling back from her near-fatal injuries
I knew something was wrong because it was like an awful burning deep inside me," Serita Shone says of the bobsleigh accident that broke her back and threatened her with paralysis. In a shattering assault on her dream of competing at the winter Olympics, the 175kg bob flipped through the air, hit the roof of the tunnel and almost cut Shone in half as it smashed down on top of her. The memory of that moment, six months ago this Thursday, makes the 22-year-old hesitate.
........Shone, who is full of humour and hope, smiles wryly on a cold April evening in Weymouth. A week on Friday she will take the next step on her remarkable comeback when she competes in the shot put at the British Universities and Colleges championships at the Olympic Stadium. The first test event at the main Olympic arena will offer another personal examination of Shone's courage and desire to make a living in elite sport – almost certainly back in a bobsleigh.
........Despite being covered by medical insurance she has had to use all her savings and rely on her parents to pay her other bills. Shone now wants to battle her way out of hardship and is actively seeking work as a qualified nutritionist. Leaning forward, her eyes shining, Shone says, "I don't want to be defined by this. I want my defining moment to be an achievement in sport. The accident has made me who I am now, but I want to get back in the bob as a driver. My aim is to work my way up to being the No1 ranked driver in Britain. Hopefully that will lead to the Olympic team and, one day, an Olympic medal."http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/ap ... eigh-crash