Mica McNeill and Mica Moore take Junior World Bobsleigh crown after golden week

29 January 2017

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore are the new Junior World Bobsleigh Champions after a stunning few days for the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.

The talented young duo finished six-tenths of a second ahead of two home crews on the German track of Winterberg to become GB’s first Junior World Champions since Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson in 2011 – they went on to compete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

“It’s a massive result for Great Britain Bobsleigh and the women’s programme and it’s one that these athletes should be very proud of,” said Lee Johnston, Lead Coach for GB Bobsleigh at the Junior World Championships.

“Both Micas performed when it really mattered and to beat the Germans in their own backyard is a real boost. That’s not easy to do but they produced two consistent runs, kept their cool under pressure and executed what they’d been practicing in training. They’ve worked very hard in preparation for this event this week and it’s great to see that hard work pay off.”

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore celebrate after being crowned as Junior World Bobsleigh Champions in January 2017
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore celebrate after being crowned as Junior World Bobsleigh Champions

Moore, who competed for Wales at the 2014 Commonweath Games as a sprinter, only joined the GB Bobsleigh programme during the summer but has now won four medals with McNeill.

Victory was the second in three days for the GB Women after McNeill piloted former British 100m record holder Montell Douglas to Europa Cup gold at the same track on Thursday.

In the two-man Junior World Championships, Sports Performance graduate Olly Biddulph and Judah Simpson finished 11th, while Brogan Crowley was ninth and Ashleigh Pittaway 11th in the JWC women’s skeleton event.

The BBSA are based at the University of Bath, with their athletes training in the EiS high-performance gym and on Britain’s only outdoor push-track. Click here to find out more.

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