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Pickering switches to bobsleigh

Former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering has joined the GB bobsleigh team and wants to compete at the 2014 Winter Games.

Pickering, 26, reached the quarter-finals of the 100 metres in Beijing four years ago, but missed London 2012 after back surgery and lost his funding in October.

"It's been frustrating because I felt good enough to get funding," Pickering told BBC Sport. "But I've been in athletics for so long I started to feel a bit jaded. This is a new challenge I'm really excited by.

"It's great to have another opportunity and to go to a winter and summer Games, which not many people have done, would be incredible."

Pickering's move follows the US bobsleigh team's recruitment of two-time world indoor hurdles champion Lolo Jones.

Alongside pilot Jazmine Fenlator, Jones finished second on her World Cup debut in Lake Placid last month.

GB performance director Gary Anderson said: "I make no apologies for the fact we are always looking to recruit new athletes, we are a talent-transfer sport.

"The USA have recruited well this year and saw immediate returns with Lolo."

Pickering stressed that he is not entirely finished with athletics, adding that he intends to complete a full indoor season this winter.

"I am not in it just for Sochi [2014 Olympics] and then heading off back to athletics, I am in it because I want to do it for a long time," he said.

"Bobsleigh training and athletics training isn't as different as people will think and the initial plan is to do some indoor athletics as well as bobsleigh and ease into the new regime.

"Ultimately I want to help them be in the mix for a medal [in Sochi 2014] and all of my efforts will be in that."