6 Dec 2012

Former world champion hurdler turns to bobsleigh

8:21 am on 6 December 2012

The former world champion hurdler Jana Pittman plans to swap the track for a half-pipe and break into Australia's bobsleigh team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pittman, who won the world 400 metres hurdles titles in 2003 and 2007 despite will bid for the brakeman's role in the two-woman team for Sochi.

Pittman will head to Europe at the end of the month to trial for the position and expects to be competing against three other hopefuls.

Her move follows American hurdler Lolo Jones's successful transition into the sport, having been named in the US women's bobsled team weeks after trying her hand.