News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

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...

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...

PyeongChang 2018: University of Bath student Dom Parsons bags Team GB’s first medal with skeleton bronze

16 February 2018

University of Bath student Dom Parsons has won Team GB’s first medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games after bagging a brilliant bronze in the men’s skeleton on Friday. Parsons, who combines his sport with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, is the first British man to win a skeleton medal since 1948 and the fifth skeleton athlete since 2002 to win a medal while training at the University of Bath. “That was a bit...

PyeongChang 2018: University of Bath student Dom Parsons firmly in medal mix after day one of men’s skeleton

15 February 2018

University of Bath student Dom Parsons is firmly in contention to win Team GB’s first medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games after an excellent first day of competition in the men's skeleton. Parsons, who combines his sport with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, lies just three-hundredths of a second outside the medal places after setting a rapid combined time of 1:41.26 from his two runs on Thursday. Fellow Brit Jerry Rice, who also...

Lloyd Wallace celebrates after finishing seventh at the Aerial Skiing World Cup in Deer Valley, February 2016

PyeongChang 2018: Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace soars from injury low to a Winter Olympics high

14 February 2018

Regardless of where he places at PyeongChang 2018 this weekend, aerial skier Lloyd Wallace believes he has already enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his career just by appearing at the Winter Olympic Games. It is only six months since the University of Bath graduate was placed in an induced coma after suffering a severe head injury while training in Switzerland. Now, after a remarkable and rapid recovery, he is ready to compete on...

PyeongChang 2018: How Winter Olympic dreams are given a push-start at the University of Bath

13 February 2018

When Team GB’s skeleton athletes take to the track this week at PyeongChang 2018, they will be looking to continue a proud tradition of Winter Olympic Games medals. Since the UK’s only outdoor push-start track for bobsleigh and skeleton training was officially opened at the University of Bath in 2002, athletes using the facility have gone on to claim podium places at each of the four Games. Alex Coomber won women’s skeleton bronze at Salt...

Jackie Narracott will represent Australia in skeleton at the PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Games

PyeongChang 2018: Training group of champions helps slider Jackie Narracott complete her journey from Brisbane to Bath to Winter Olympics

13 February 2018

Her training group includes Paralympic, World and Commonwealth champions, while her uncle competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Now University of Bath-based skeleton athlete Jackie Narracott is ready to make her own mark on the global multi-sport stage when she takes to the ice for her native Australia at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Narracott, from Brisbane, has been a regular competitor on the ISBF World Cup circuit during this Olympiad...

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