BBC Breakfast visit University of Bath’s outdoor push-start track to learn more about skeleton’s formula for success

26 February 2018

BBC Breakfast marked the end of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games by broadcasting live this morning from the UK’s only outdoor push-start track at the University of Bath.

Intrepid reporter John Maguire tried his hand at skeleton as he found out more about the world-class programme run by the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the University that has now produced seven Olympic medallists from the last five Games.

Three of those medals have famously been gold – Lizzy Yarnold became the first Team GB athlete to defend her Winter Olympics title when she won a second gold in PyeongChang, following on from Amy Williams’ historic success at Vancouver 2010.

Williams, who commentated on Yarnold’s triumphs in Sochi and PyeongChang, returned to her former training base on Monday to share her insights into Britain’s skeleton success with the BBC Breakfast viewers.

Maguire also spoke to Danny Holdcroft, Head of Performance with British Skeleton, and two aspiring stars of Beijing 2022, Eleanor Furneaux and Brogan Crowley.

Skeleton athletes won three of Team GB’s record Winter Olympic Games haul of five medals in PyeongChang, with Yarnold’s gold being added to by bronze for Laura Deas and University of Bath Mechanical Engineering PhD student Dom Parsons. All train on the outdoor push-start track, in the University’s high-performance gym and on the indoor sprint straight.

Click here for more information on skeleton at the University of Bath.

Pictured: Amy Williams, Eleanor Furneaux, Danny Holdcroft and Brogan Crowley

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