Skeleton sliders impress at World Cup 1

02 December 2013

It was a terrific weekend for Bath-based British Skeleton athletes with Lizzy Yarnold winning gold and University of Bath student Dom Parsons taking bronze at the opening World Cup event of the season.

Yarnold, who trains at the University, finished second behind Noelle Pikus-Pace in Calgary, Canada, but was upgraded to gold after the American was disqualified.

“I’m really pleased, it’s a good start to my first Olympic season,” she said. It feels like it has been a long preparation and I am so grateful to our support team who have got us here in this shape.  I do have high expectations of myself and I’m glad I put down two good runs.”

University of Bath graduate Shelley Rudman just missed out on the medals in fourth.

And Parsons, who is studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, achieved the first podium finish at a World by a British skeleton slider since the 2010/11 season with bronze – his first World Cup medal.

Parsons, who is supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, said: “I’m very happy with my result, particularly because I was able to pick up this new track so quickly.”

For further information please see the British Skeleton website.

A 10th place finish by Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson was the pick of the performances by members of the British Bobsleigh team, which also has its base at the University of Bath.

The 2013/4 season reaches its climax with the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

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