News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Aspiring Beijing 2022 Olympic skeleton star Ashleigh Pittaway becomes latest MJ Church Ambassador

20 March 2018

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games may have just finished but Team Bath and partners MJ Church are already looking to the future by supporting a potential skeleton star of 2022. Ashleigh Pittaway, a Youth Olympic Games gold-medallist in 2016, is only 17 years old but has already raced on the IBSF World Cup circuit five times and claimed a top-ten finish at the 2018 Junior World Championships in St Moritz. She has been training...

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games bronze-medallist Laura Deas with Dame Katherine Grainger

VIDEO: Interviews with Dame Katherine Grainger and Laura Deas as University hosts Commonwealth Big Lunch

14 March 2018

Olympic legend Dame Katherine Grainger was the guest of honour when the University of Bath hosted the UK's first Commonwealth Big Lunch this week. The event doubled as a rousing send-off for the 30 University-based sportspeople who will be competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and a chance to welcome skeleton bronze-medallist Laura Deas back to her home training base after her PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games heroics. TeamBathTV caught up with Dame Katherine,...

University of Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher in Super G action at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games

PyeongChang 2018: Kelly Gallagher ready to throw kitchen sink at Games after solid start to week

11 March 2018

University of Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher had to settle for eighth place in the visually-impaired Super G at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games but said she was happy to be “pushing out of the starting gate” again. Four years ago in Sochi, Gallagher famously won the Super G title to become the first Brit to claim alpine skiing gold at either an Olympic or Paralympic Games. She suffered multiple injuries after a training crash...

(From left) Amy Williams, Eleanor Furneaux, Danny Holdcroft and Brogan Crowley were live on BBC Breakfast from the push-start track on February 26 2018

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...

PyeongChang 2018: Four-man bobsleigh crews bring Winter Olympic Games to a close

25 February 2018

Team GB’s four-man bobsleigh crews brought the curtain down on the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games by finishing 17th and 18th respectively on Sunday. There were just three-hundredths of a second between the British crews after four rounds of competition in South Korea, with Brad Hall, Nick Gleeson, Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett (pictured) edging in front after a quicker final run on the last day of the Games. They clocked 3:18.26 overall, while Lamin Deen,...

PyeongChang 2018: Mica McNeill and Mica Moore record Team GB’s best-ever women’s bobsleigh Olympic result

21 February 2018

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore achieved Team GB’s best-ever women’s bobsleigh result at a Winter Olympic Games when they placed eighth at PyeongChang 2018 on Wednesday. The 2017 Junior World Champions, who train with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the University of Bath, went into day two lying sixth overall after two fine runs on Tuesday. They lost a couple of places in the third run but maintained eighth position in their fourth...

PyeongChang 2018: Personal-best two-man result offers promising signs for four-man bobsleigh

19 February 2018

Brad Hall and Joel Fearon believe the signs are promising ahead of this weekend’s four-man bobsleigh competition after securing a top-12 finish in the two-man on Monday at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The British duo’s combined time of 3:18.34 from the four runs was 1.48 seconds adrift of champions Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada but still a personal best two-man result for the pair at world level. “We dropped a few places...

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold (left) poses with her gold medal alongside Laura Deas with her bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's Skeleton on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

PyeongChang 2018: Gold for Lizzy Yarnold and bronze for Laura Deas during sensational skeleton Saturday

17 February 2018

Lizzy Yarnold made history as she defended her Winter Olympic Games title and Laura Deas bagged a brilliant bronze during a sensational Saturday for Team GB’s skeleton racers at PyeongChang 2018. Yarnold, who trains at the University of Bath with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), went into the final run two-hundredths of a second behind Janine Flock but then smashed the track record to put the pressure on her Austrian rival. Flock could...

PyeongChang 2018: Lloyd Wallace hails “unbelievable” support after defying odds to make Winter Olympics debut

17 February 2018

Lloyd Wallace said competing at PyeongChang 2018 was “the craziest night of my life” after the University of Bath graduate defied the odds to make his Winter Olympic Games debut. Saturday’s qualifying stages for the men’s aerials were the highest-scoring competition ever and Wallace finished 20th overall after his second jump – a back full-full-full – scored 100.03 from the judges, ranking him 11th in that round. “What a show – that was the craziest...

PyeongChang 2018: Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas in medal contention after day one of women’s skeleton

16 February 2018

Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas are both pushing hard for a Winter Olympic Games medal after finishing third and fourth respectively at the halfway point of the women’s skeleton competition at PyeongChang 2018. Just hours after University of Bath PhD student Dom Parsons had won a historic bronze in the men’s race, defending champion Yarnold took to the ice and set a new track record to lead the way after the first run. She dropped...

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