News Archive, Category: Bobsleigh

Meet the talented University of Bath student-athletes across 13 different sports joining the ranks of sporting scholars during 2019-20

11 November 2019

Aspiring Olympians, both Summer and Winter, and reigning European and British Champions are among the latest intake of scholars to receive support from the University of Bath on both their sporting and academic journeys. The talented 2019-20 group of 15 student-athletes, who compete across 13 different sports, join 26 existing scholars who each receive a cash award that runs over the period of their course and helps them meet the demands of training, competing and...

Rapid starts provide positive signs as aspiring young British bobsleigh stars target Youth Olympics qualification

28 October 2019

The journey to the Youth Olympics for five youngsters who train with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the University of Bath gathered pace at the weekend as the first of the qualification races took place in Norway. Charlotte Longden, who has previously competed for Team Bath Athletics Club, led the way with ninth and 11th-placed finishes in the girls’ mono-bob competition while representing Great Britain in Race 1 and 2 of the...

Four-man bobsleigh team finally set to receive Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medals at Team GB Ball

24 October 2019

The University of Bath-based four-man bobsleigh team that have been promoted onto the podium following doping violations at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will finally receive their bronze medals at next month's Team GB Ball in London. The GB 1 crew consisting of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon finished the competition in fifth place but have retrospectively moved up the rankings following the disqualification of two crews from Russia after...

Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medal finally confirmed for British four-man bobsleigh team

29 March 2019

Four more athletes who trained at the University of Bath have joined the ranks of Olympic medalists after John Jackson’s four-man bobsleigh crew were upgraded to the bronze-medal position at Sochi 2014. Jackson, Stu Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon originally finished fifth in Russia five years ago, just 11 hundredths of a second outside the medal spots at the sport’s showpiece event. The subsequent disqualification of the home nation’s gold-medal winning and fourth-placed sleds...

Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finished fourth at 2019 Bobsleigh World Championships, equalling Britain's best result for 50 years. CREDIT: IBSF

Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson equal Britain’s best two-man bobsleigh result for more than half a century at World Championships

03 March 2019

British Bobsleigh are celebrating their joint best two-man World Championship result for 53 years after Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finished equal fourth in Canada on Sunday. Former decathlete Hall and serving Paratrooper Gleeson just missed a first British medal since Olympic Champions Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won bronze in Cortina in 1966. They instead equalled the achievement of recently retired Bruce Tasker and current four-man team-mate Joel Fearon, who themselves finished fourth in...

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas miss out on World Cup bobsleigh medal by just hundredths of a second

06 January 2019

University of Bath-based bobsleigh duo Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas recorded their best-ever World Cup result on Saturday as they finished fourth in an incident-packed race at Altenberg, Germany. The British pair had what appeared to be a cup thrown onto the track during the start of their second run and then were ranked as sixth in the official results before being rightfully upgraded after the clock was adjudged to have been nearly four-tenths of...

New Year, New You – watch our expert video guide to health, exercise, nutrition and more for 2019

28 December 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, many people's thoughts are turning to New Year's Resolutions - one of the most popular being doing more exercise and getting active. If you have never been to a gym before, are getting back into exercise after a break or are already active but looking to step things up in the new year, our Team Bath athletes and experts have some top tips to help you on your fitness journey....

Olympic, World and Commonwealth crowns among highlights of unforgettable sporting 2018 at University of Bath

26 December 2018

One historic Olympic title defence, two World crowns, three Commonwealth gold medals and a multitude of other national and international medals added up to another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath in 2018. The University’s unique push-start track, the only one of its kind in the UK, became the focus of national attention in February when three athletes who train on it with British Skeleton won medals for Team GB at the...

Double gold for Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas as British Bobsleigh crews win five medals at Park City

22 November 2018

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas won two gold medals in as many days during an encouraging start to the 2018-19 international season for British Bobsleigh. The British pair backed up Monday evening’s opening North American Cup (NAC) win in Park City, Utah, with an even more clear cut success at the same venue on Tuesday afternoon. PyeongChang 2018 Olympian McNeill and Douglas finished more than half a second ahead of the silver medal crew from...

Olympian Bruce Tasker announces retirement as British Bobsleigh name squad for 2018-19 season

12 October 2018

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympian Bruce Tasker has announced his retirement from bobsleigh. The 31-year-old suffered a stroke in January of this year but had been considering stepping down from competition at the end of the Olympic cycle regardless. Tasker, a former 400m and 200m runner, missed the PyeongChang Olympics as a result of the stroke but is in line to receive a retrospective bronze medal from the Sochi Games. “It's a decision I've not taken...

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