Laura Deas insists a Winter Olympics without any snow will not inhibit the spectacle for the adoring British public as she aims to extend Team GB's line of skeleton golden greats.
Welsh ace Deas, 33, bagged bronze in PyeongChang four years ago and will represent Britain's chief sliding hope when she takes to the Beijing track next month.
But the Chinese capital will be anything but a salubrious Alpine winter wonderland, with the Yanqing District - where the skeleton, luge and bobsleigh events will take place - receiving just 2cm of snow between January and March last year.
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That figure was less than both London and Madrid but with Beijing doused in almost 50 million gallons of water to create optimum Olympic conditions, Deas says she isn't concerned about its impact on inspiring the next generation of sledge-fuelled talent. Deas, one of over 1,000 athletes who are able to train full-time and access the world's best coaches and benefit from vital National Lottery funding, said: "I think it's going to be an incredible event regardless of how much snow there is.
"I'm sure China will be doing their absolute best to make sure that the snow events are up to scratch and exactly what they need to be.
"And I've seen plenty of people in the UK sledge on hardly any snow!
"Luckily, our sliding facility is completely self-contained and is an artificially-refrigerated system. Thankfully, we don't have to worry what the outside weather is doing as we've got a climate-controlled environment.
"Skeleton has become slightly more well-known since when we first started. I'm really hoping that this Olympics is the perfect shop window for potential athletes to see it and be inspired by it.
"And not just inspired by skeleton, but all of the incredible sports that get showcased. It's so special how you see all of these sports that are considered quite niche during the four-year cycle - this is their moment to shine and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the public get behind Team GB, because they always do an incredible job."
"That's why I've trained as hard as I have for the last four years. I definitely don't feel like I'm holding that [expectation] by myself - I've got a team of athletes with me who've got a huge amount of potential, are really talented and have all shone at various points this season.
"Together, our combined effort to go out there means we can come back with some pretty stunning success.
"[Me and Lizzy] chat a lot. She's been doing a really great job of keeping me going this season when times have got tough.
"She's been great at dishing out some handy advice and reminding me of the times we've been really successful together. You need friendships like that - every athlete needs that to keep them positive and moving in the right direction, and we're no different."
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