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Aussie bobsled star Breeana Walker has demonstrated her Winter Olympic medal potential once again with a fifth straight podium finish when sliding to silver in the latest Monobob World Series event in Winterberg.
The 29-year-old showed at the German resort that she should be in the shake-up for the medals when the women's monobob - the individual bobsleigh - is contested for the first time at the Olympics in Beijing next month.
"I'm very happy to walk away with another podium finish. It was a great battle here," said the former hurdler from Melbourne after losing out narrowly to her big US rival Elana Meyers Taylor over two runs on Saturday.
Meyers Taylor was fastest over the first run by 0.21 seconds while Walker, known affectionately as 'Bobsled Bree', was quickest in the field down the second run by 0.04 from the American.
It was not enough to earn Walker the gold but in the penultimate race of the Series, in which she's currently second overall behind Meyers Taylor, it was another encouraging performance before she travels to China to pursue her golden dream.
Walker has now finished in the top three in each of the five Monobob World Series races since November but she's had to settle for three silvers since winning on the same Winterberg track at the start of December.
"Big thank you to my team and sponsors and all my supporters, especially all the way back in Australia!" the Melbourne pilot wrote on her Facebook page.
"I can't believe how many people are tuning in to watch my races on the weekend!"
Walker was a one-lap hurdler on the track who took up a college track and field scholarship in Arkansas and her track speed has helped hone her starts which are so crucial in bobsledding.
When injuries wrecked her chances of progression on the athletics track, Walker, who says double world one-lap hurdles champ Jana Pittman has been her role model, turned her attention to winter sport.
She googled to find if Australia had a bobsleigh team and after learning that they did, she signed up for a talent identification camp.