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Aussie sledder Breeana Walker was rapt after finishing fifth at her first Olympics event, the women’s monobob discipline in Beijing.
Walker was previously a champion 400-metre hurdler, but injuries cruelled that career and she turned to the snow instead.
She was considered a medal chance in Beijing, but was happy with her performance despite no podium finish.
“I wanted to show people back at home and even people around the world that if you want something bad enough, you have just got to go out there and make it happen,” Walker told Channel 7.
“How hard has it been? It’s been hard but it is all worth it. I think back to four years ago, I was on the sidelines at the Olympics. And to be here and be fifth at the Olympics, at my first Olympic Games, my first highlight event where I’m actually a proper competitor, challenging the girls out there who I watched four years ago, like it is amazing. It is all worth the hard work and effort.
“I wanted to be standing here at these Olympics representing Australia, being a competitor, not just a participant. And I think I’ve kept that promise to myself, and I’m over the moon.”