Hat-trick of golds for aspiring bobsleigh and skeleton Youth Olympians

05 December 2015

The Great Britain Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams enjoyed a fantastic Friday as they helped themselves to a hat-trick of gold medals at the latest round of qualifying for February’s Youth Olympics.

Kelsea Purchall took top spot in the women’s mono-bob and George Johnston followed suit in the men’s field, while Ashleigh Pittaway led the way in the women’s skeleton in Igls, Austria.

It was a second success in three races for World number one Purchall after she won gold and silver in the season openers in Calgary last month.

Purchall pipped a pair of German sliders to the honours near Innsbruck, with fellow Brits Annabel Chaffey and Aimee Davey finishing fourth and six respectively.

Johnston backed up the silver medal he claimed in Canada with a first gold of the season, with previous gold and silver medalist Ed Himbury taking bronze and Adam Hames finishing ninth in the 16-strong field.

And it was a dream debut for new recruit Pittaway as she saw off 25 other sliders to begin her GB career with a wonderful win.

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is based at the University of Bath, with training taking place on the unique outdoor push-track.

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