News Archive, Category: Bobsleigh

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...

Natalie Dunman named as Interim Performance Director for British Skeleton

28 September 2018

Natalie Dunman has been announced as the new Interim Performance Director for the British Skeleton World Class Performance Programme (WCPP). Dunman joins the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), based at the University of Bath, with immediate effect for a period of up to 12 months on a secondment from her role as UK Sport Head of Performance Pathways. Formerly Lead Talent Scientist at the English Institute of Sport (EiS), Dunman's role with UK Sport...

VIDEO: Essential nutrition facts to help you train harder, recover faster and improve performance

24 August 2018

A good nutritional plan is essential to getting the most out of your training and competition.  In the latest of our series of Team Bath health and lifestyle videos, our nutritionists look at three facts you should know that can help you train harder, recover faster and improve your overall performance. We also look at the 'three Rs' of post-exercise nutrition - rehydrate, replenish and rebuild. Watch the videos below and check out the series...

Olympic gold-medallist Amy Williams calls on public to get behind Team Bath #20For20 summer fitness campaign

27 June 2018

Olympic gold-medallist Amy Williams has thrown her support behind a summer fitness campaign launched by Team Bath encouraging people to burn calories and back a charity. The #20For20 challenge is for people to burn an additional 20,000 calories above their normal routine over a 20-week period. To help reach those goals, Team Bath is running a series of free activities in the £30million Sports Training Village and the surrounding University of Bath campus including guided...

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