Beijing 2022: Bath graduate Lloyd Wallace ticks trick off aerial skiing Olympics bucket list as two-man bobsleigh duo finish 11th
University of Bath graduate Lloyd Wallace said he was happy to produce “some sweet jumps” on the biggest stage when he represented Team GB in aerial skiing at the Winter Olympic Games for a second time in his career.
Wallace, who studied Sports Performance, produced a brilliant quadruple-twisting triple back flip in his first jump at Beijing 2022 – something he had been unable to attempt in PyeongChang four years ago – to score 108.41 but couldn’t quite land the second and finished 21st overall in qualification, missing out on a place in the final.
“I’ve managed to come out here and do sweet jumps but unfortunately I couldn’t follow onto the next one,” said Wallace, who was supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship during his time studying and training at the University of Bath.
“It’s cool to kick it with the best. Doing two different quadruple twists and triple backflips, that’s an item ticked off for me. It was a goal of mine to do it before the last Olympics but I had a crash and couldn’t do it.”
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Meanwhile, Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson of the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) finished 11th overall in the two-man bobsleigh competition, despite a crash in their third run on the notorious corner 13 of the Yanqing National Sliding Centre.
They passed concussion protocols to start the fourth run and responded brilliantly by producing the seventh-fastest time of the round to move back up to 11th, the position they had held after the first two runs.
Thoughts immediately turned to this weekend’s four-man competition, where Hall and Gleeson will be joined by Greg Cackett and Taylor Lawrence in a bid for medals.
“We have had a good season so far with a few medals in the four-man, so there is no reason why we cannot do that next weekend as well,” said Hall. “We need to rectify the mistakes and my driving is usually a little bit better in the four-man. We will start in a few days’ time with a clean slate.”