WILTSHIRE slider Laura Deas will bid to add a European skeleton medal to her Winter Olympics bronze this weekend in Austria.

The latest round of the World Cup at Igls also doubles up as the European Championships, with the competition running from January 18-20.

The European title was scheduled to be contested at the previous World Cup round in Konigssee, Germany, last weekend, but that event was postponed because of heavy snow.

Wales’ Deas – who lives in Chippenham, near to British Skeleton’s base at the University of Bath – missed out on a European Championships medal by 0.01 seconds last season and is keen to make up for that disappointed in Austria.

Deas said: “Igls is a track where I’ve had good results before and it’s a track that I’m very comfortable on.

“Last year, I was one hundredth of a second off a European bronze medal, so it would be really nice to go one better this year and capture a European medal.

“I’m feeling relatively confident going into this week and really hoping for a good result.”

Deas is likely to be Great Britain’s leading contender for a medal at the European Championships, having claimed bronze at last February’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.