ONE PLOUGHS through the water at around seven mph, while the other uses a metal tray to fly through the snow at speeds of up to 60mph. But Hounslow swimming star Alex Garnett is hoping being mentored by European bob skeleton champion Shelley Rudman will bring him closer to his Olympic dream.
Garnett, 18, who attends Longford School in Feltham, has linked up with Rudman after being selected for the King of Shaves Young Blades national mentoring scheme.
The programme was launched by champion hurdler Colin Jackson five years ago to give talented young athletes a financial boost.
And while Garnett is being earmarked as a hopeful for the 2012 Olympics, Rudman can help him with her experience of winning silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Garnett this week also received a cheque for £1,000 from King of Shaves,which will go towards his training,kit and competition costs. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Richard Charlesworth, a former Young Blades graduate who went on to represent Great Britain in the 1500m freestyle swimming at last year's Beijing Olympics.