News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

World-class training environment in Bath keeping GB wheelchair fencers in good shape with six months to Tokyo Paralympic Games

24 February 2021

They might not have been able to compete for more than a year but multi gold-medallist Dimitri Coutya believes the world-class training environment at the University of Bath has kept the GB wheelchair fencing team in good shape for success at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It was 53 weeks ago that Coutya and fellow World Champion Piers Gilliver were last able to test themselves on the international IWASF circuit before competition was suspended...

Family is the focus as University of Bath-based Olympian Jerry Rice retires from skeleton after successful eight-year career

18 February 2021

Olympian Jerry Rice has announced his retirement from skeleton after more than eight years with the University of Bath-based British team. Rice, who was the second longest serving member of the squad behind Olympic bronze medalist Laura Deas, finished 10th at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games as he saved arguably his best top-tier performance for the biggest stage of all. The 30-year-old raced 79 times for his country and competed at two World Championships,...

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...

‘Exceptional’ team dynamic putting British Skeleton athletes in good stead with one year to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

04 February 2021

With exactly one year to go to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, British Skeleton athletes believe a strong team spirit is putting them on the right track to bring more medals back to their University of Bath training base. Seven skeleton medals have been won by Bath-based GB sliders during the past five Winter Games dating back to 2002, including bronze for Laura Deas during a historic women’s race at PyeongChang 2018 where team-mate...

Third World Cup medal of memorable season for British Skeleton as Craig Thompson secures superb silver in Igls ahead of World Champs

29 January 2021

Craig Thompson won a superb silver medal in Igls, Austria on Friday as British Skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath finished an impressive 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season on a suitably high note. All six of the men and women competing placed inside the top 11, with Thompson’s medal being one of two personal best World Cup finishes as the British squad showed good form ahead of next month’s World Championships. “It’s...

Double Olympic champ Helen Glover seeking to make more history as mum of three targets Tokyo Games after returning to rowing

28 January 2021

Double Olympic champion Helen Glover, who began her celebrated rowing career training at Team Bath, has announced her return to the sport as she seeks to compete at this summer’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games. Glover, who first began rowing on the British Rowing World-Class Start Programme in Bath in 2008, last competed internationally in the women’s pair final at Rio 2016 where she and University of Bath graduate Heather Stanning successfully defended the historic title...

With six months to rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, scholar Tom Dean is looking to write own chapter in Bath swimming success story

23 January 2021

With exactly six months to go until the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games are due to begin, Tom Dean believes the delay could work in his favour as he seeks to follow in the wake of some celebrated University of Bath-based swimmers. It is 25 years since Paul Palmer became the first sportsperson to bring an Olympic medal back to the Team Bath pool, a 400m freestyle silver in Atlanta, and another 11 swimmers and five...

Celebrating 25 years of Olympic and Paralympic success at Team Bath – first medallist explains why centre was “ahead of its time”

22 January 2021

We are celebrating 25 Years Of Success at Team Bath this year, with 2021 marking a quarter-of-a-century since the first of what is now a magnificent 48 Olympic and Paralympic medals was won by an athlete who trained at our inspirational multi-sport facility. It was swimmer Paul Palmer who had that accolade, winning 400m freestyle silver at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, and he isn’t surprised to see so many athletes across a wide range...

Former Director of Sport Tom Hudson reflects on his Olympic Games experience and laying the foundations for 25 years of success at University of Bath

21 January 2021

Imagine, aged 20, you’ve never been out of the country before. Imagine that the flight you board from the UK stops first at Basra, where the heat is somewhat unbelievable, before going on to Singapore (including an overnight at the world-famous Raffles Hotel) and then onward to Australia where local people line the streets to cheer and welcome the arriving athletes. For some it might have proved too much, generating nerve-jangling under-performance, but for Tom...

Ben Fletcher excited to get back to international judo competition at Doha Masters with less than 200 days to rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

12 January 2021

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher says he is excited to get back into competition and see where he is on the global stage as he prepares to compete in this week’s Doha Masters event in Qatar. Fletcher and sister Megan, a Commonwealth Champion who also trains with Team Bath, will be representing Ireland on the international circuit for only the second time since the Coronavirus pandemic forced competition to be suspended last March, while University...

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