Shelley Rudman suffers food poisoning during Winter Olympics training

There’s less than a month to go until the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Britain’s Shelley Rudman is recovering from a nasty bout of food poisoning followed by a chest infection, seriously hampering her preparations.

Rudman is the World Champion in the skeleton bobsleigh and the final stages of training were going well until, in her own words: “I had a little blip on my journey home from Canada to the UK just before Christmas when I was hit by food poisoning – every athlete’s worst nightmare.”

It isn’t known where Rudman contracted food poisoning. However, she did say that she’d like to say a big thank you to the doctors and crew that were on board as they looked after her really well. That wasn’t the end of it though, as after recovering from the food poisoning over Christmas she picked up a chest infection which, although it has now subsided, left her “with the rattly lungs of a 90-year-old.”

Despite having to adapt her training in order to give her body time to recover and not yet being in race form, Rudman is still positioned third in the world: “I’m currently ranked third in the world, so I’m very pleased given that I’m not quite in race form just yet.”