Olympic skeleton bronze medallist Laura Deas targets 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing

Laura Deas set to target her second Olympic medal at Beijing 2022 (PA Images)
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Olympic skeleton bronze medallist Laura Deas has confirmed she is targeting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing ahead of the World Cup opener in Lake Placid this weekend.

The 31-year-old became the first Welsh woman to win a Winter Olympic medal, when she finished in third place in Pyeongchang in 2018. 

After the Games she had left her future 'open-ended' and said: "I didn't know how I was going to feel after the Olympics. Whether I was going to think 'that's me done'.

"But actually as soon as Beijing started being talked about and I saw a map of the track and you start hearing things about the venues being built - that fire started burning again in terms of the ambition."

Laura Deas will be competing in the World Cup in the USA this month (PA Images)

Deas suffered from a concussion and flu last season and later had to withdraw from the World Championships due to whiplash.

However in February this year she took home her first ever World Cup medal with a bronze in Calgary.

She said: "I approached the season in terms of wanting to enjoy the sport just for itself.

"It was partially successful but I think what it taught me was that actually I need that long term goal and that's not a bad thing to have because it drives you forwards.

"Actually when you break it down into how many races there are before the Olympics, you're looking at less than 30 now. There's a lot of work to do in that time but I know it'll go really fast."

The Skeleton World Cup season runs from December 7-15 at Lake Placid in the USA.