Australian skater takes hot form into Winter Olympics

EMERGING Aussie talent Daniel Greig has underlined his credentials for next month's Winter Olympics in Russia by finishing third overall at the world sprint speed skating championships in Japan.

The 22-year-old grabbed two silver medals in the two 500m races in Nagano, and finished eight and fifth in the 1000m.

"It's just been fantastic and it's really nice for my self confidence going into Sochi," the young Victorian (pictured) said.

"My fitness and speed have been really good. I saw at the World Cups that it was all there, but it just hadn't all come together at the right time.

"I was happy with my 1000m results, but when I compare it to my 500m rankings there is definitely room for improvement."

Greig will now head to the Netherlands for final training and preparation ahead of the Sochi 2014 Games which get underway on February 7.

Snowboarder Scotty James was unable to back up his bronze medal in the halfpipe at the Snowboard World Cup in Canada, finishing ninth in the slopestyle event yesterday.

The Australian bobsleigh squad finished out of the medals in its World Cup meet in Australia.

Former Olympic hurdler Jana Pittman finished 13th with her partner Astrid Radjenovic in the two-man sleigh, less than two seconds behind the winning US team after the two runs.

The Aussie two-man outfit of Heath Spence and Lucas Mata finished 23rd in their event, while the four-man team completed their two runs in 25th. That gave the outfit an overall qualification result of 29th ahead of the Sochi Games.

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