News Archive, Category: Bobsleigh

Olympic medallist Bruce Tasker named as British Bobsleigh Team Leader for Beijing 2022 Winter Games

18 August 2021

Olympic bronze medalist Bruce Tasker has been named Team Leader for the British Bobsleigh programme for the Olympic Winter Games in China in February. Tasker, who spent eight years training at the University of Bath and now coaches there twice a week, will lead the team at Beijing 2022 in six months’ time and will also head up the elite programme between now and the Games. The 33-year-old won four-man Olympic bronze alongside John Jackson,...

History is made as British Bobsleigh four-man crew are retrospectively upgraded to first-ever World Cup gold

17 June 2021

Lamin Deen, Ben Simons, Toby Olubi and Andrew Matthews, who train at the University of Bath, have made history after they were retrospectively upgraded to a World Cup gold medal in the 4-man bobsleigh. Deen and his team originally won silver in Whistler in November 2017 but they have now been confirmed as race winners after the disqualification of Russia’s Alexander Kasjanov for a doping offence. The result is Great Britain’s first-ever 4-man World Cup...

GB narrowly miss out on team medals as British Bobsleigh & Skeleton athletes conclude 2020-21 season at IBSF World Championships

16 February 2021

Laura Deas and Matt Weston narrowly missed out on a medal when University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association athletes finished their season at the 2021 IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. The GB duo repeated their fourth-placed finish from the previous year in the team event, with Deas coming down fifth fastest of the women of 58.99 seconds and Weston recording the third quickest time of the men in 56.99 for a combined...

Ashleigh Pittaway wins second Junior World Champs medal of her career on another good weekend for skeleton and bobsleigh athletes

25 January 2021

University of Bath-based skeleton athlete Ashleigh Pittaway won Junior World Championship (JWC) bronze for the second time in her career in Switzerland on Saturday. Pittaway’s combined time of 2:22.83 over her two runs on the legendary St Moritz track was only bettered by Germany’s Hannah Neise and Susanne Kreher, with the Brit performing brilliantly on her second slide to move up from fifth at the halfway stage. The result matched the 20-year-old’s third-placed finish in...

So close to more medals as top-four finishes continue fine start to 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season for British Bobsleigh & Skeleton

13 December 2020

Matt Weston, Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas narrowly missed out on medals as the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association took to the ice at the latest IBSF World Cup in Igls, Austria. Weston, in only his second season of skeleton racing, was tied for the lead with legendary Latvian Martins Dukurs at the halfway mark on the men’s race on Friday but impressive second-run times from Russian duo Alexander Treitakov and Nikita...

VIDEO: Elite athletes back in training at Team Bath Sports Training Village for Tokyo 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

04 August 2020

Ahead of the Team Bath Sports Training Village beginning reopening to the public this week, we had time to get ready for customers' return while supporting, under government guidelines, a return to training for some of the squads aiming for the Tokyo 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.  The return of around 60 elite sportspeople across bobsleigh, modern pentathlon, skeleton, swimming and triathlon helped us test our procedures and policies before public opening while offering them the...

British Skeleton duo so close to medal as Brad Hall and Marcus Wyatt record top-ten finishes at IBSF World Championships

01 March 2020

University of Bath alumni Madelaine Smith and team-mate Matt Weston missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins as the 2020 IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships concluded in Altenberg, Germany. The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) duo were competing in the new skeleton team event and set a combined time of 1:55.85 from their runs, just three-hundredths of a second behind bronze-medallists Italy. “A medal would have been amazing but that’s...

Top-ten finishes on World Cup circuit give British Bobsleigh & Skeleton athletes a boost ahead of World Championships

17 February 2020

Bobsleigh driver Brad Hall and skeleton athlete Marcus Wyatt both secured impressive eighth-placed finishes overall on the IBSF World Cup circuit during another good weekend for University of Bath-based winter sport athletes. Hall goes into next weekend’s World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, having beaten his previous best world ranking of 12th in 2017-18 after an excellent season in the two-man bobsleigh which included a stunning silver in Igls in January. He was joined by Greg...

Young bobsleigh duo Charlotte Longden and Will Scammell hit top 12 for Team GB at Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

21 January 2020

Team Bath athletes Charlotte Longden and Will Scammell both recorded 12th-placed finishes when they represented Team GB in bobsleigh at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. Longden went first in the women’s monobob competition on Sunday and got progressively quicker over her two runs, reaching speeds of 125.4km/h to finish on a combined time of 2:30.20 – +3.36 seconds off the eventual winner Georgeta Popescu of Romania. “I was happy with how my runs went,”...

Stunning silver sees Brad Hall and Greg Cackett make World Cup history on memorable weekend for British Bobsleigh and Skeleton

20 January 2020

University of Bath-based Brad Hall and Greg Cackett made history as they recorded Great Britain’s best World Cup two-man bobsleigh result since records began by winning silver at Igls, Austria. “It’s an absolutely incredible feeling,” said driver Hall, who had finished fourth alongside Cackett in France the previous weekend. “If you had told us last week that we were going to finish in the top six two weeks in a row, let alone fourth and...

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