University of Bath-based athletes Adam Pengilly and Amy Williams were today (Friday) selected to represent Great Britain at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
They are members a four-strong Team GB skeleton team that also includes Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley.
Pengilly competes at his second successive Olympic Winter Games. Eighth in Turin in 2006, he won silver at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid in the USA and is currently ranked 18th in the world.
Pengilly said: “It’s really exciting, I just can’t wait to get stuck in and hurtle down the track as fast as I possibly can. It’s going to be really challenging, but as a team I think we can do really well.”
Williams makes her Olympic Winter Games debut in Vancouver. She won the silver medal at last year’s World Championships and is currently ranked five in the world.
She said she’s looking forward to competing at her first Olympic Winter Games.
“This is my first Olympic Winter Games and I’m really pleased to be selected,” she said. “I’m going to go there do my very best and give it everything I can.”
Bath-based Donna Creighton was named as a travelling reserve along with Chris Type.
Andi Schmid, British Skeleton’s Performance Director, will be Skeleton Team Leader in Vancouver, with Michael Gruenberger as Head Ice Coach. Mark Wood and Richard Bromley are Ice Coaches, with Rachel Blackburn Sled Technician, Chris Price Physiotherapist and Danny Holdcroft Strength and Conditioning Coach.
James Roche, Phil Searle and Sid Lawrence travel as non-accredited staff as Sled Technician, Logistics Manager and Reserve Athlete Co-ordinator respectively.
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games run from 12 to 28 February 2010.
The skeleton competition takes place at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, with two runs for men and two for women on each day.
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