News Archive, Category: Skeleton

Dom Parsons at the 2016 Skeleton World Championships. PICTURE: Charlie Booker

Dom Parsons sliding into form at perfect time as skeleton and bobsleigh athletes impress at St Moritz

14 January 2018

Dom Parsons recorded his best result for two years and there were top-ten finishes for Lizzy Yarnold and bobsleigh drivers Mica McNeill and Bradley Hall as British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) athletes competed in the latest IBSF World Cup at St Moritz. It was the last competition before selection is confirmed for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which are now less than a month away. Parsons – a Mechanical Engineering PhD student at...

Dom Parsons at the 2016 Skeleton World Championships. PICTURE: Charlie Booker

Slider Dom Parsons refreshed and ready to work on improvements as Winter Olympic year gets under way

03 January 2018

After recharging his batteries over the Christmas break, skeleton ace Dom Parsons is sliding into a Winter Olympic year confident of finding the improvements he needs to challenge for a medal in PyeongChang. The University of Bath Mechanical Engineering PhD student is currently ranked 12th in the BMW ISBF World Cup men’s skeleton rankings after the first five races of the 2017-18 season, with his best result being ninth place at Winterberg last month. Parsons admits...

World wins, family fun and a royal return made 2017 memorable at Sports University of the Year

26 December 2017

It was a year that saw the University of Bath named as the country’s top sports university, welcome royalty and thousands of families to the Sports Training Village and celebrate plenty more success on the national and international stage. Now, with a memorable 2017 coming to a close and the dawn of an exciting Olympic and Commonwealth year upon us, it is time to reflect on another outstanding 12 months at one of the country’s...

World Cup debut boosts Winter Olympic hopes but Madelaine Smith is just “enjoying every minute” of skeleton progress

22 December 2017

As a personal trainer in the Team Bath Gym, Madelaine Smith is no stranger to helping people achieve their goals. Now she could fulfill a major sporting ambition of her own in the new year after putting herself in the mix for Team GB selection for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Smith is a rising star of the hugely-successful British Skeleton programme, based at the University of Bath, and has made rapid progress since...

Lamin Deen, Toby Olubi, Ben Simons and Andrew Matthews won four-man bobsleigh silver at the World Cup in Whistler, November 2017

Second medal in a week for GB Bobsleigh as Lamin Deen eclipses track record on way to super silver

25 November 2017

Lamin Deen led his crew to a fantastic four-man silver in Whistler as Great Britain Bobsleigh won a second World Cup medal in as many weeks on Saturday. Deen, Toby Olubi, Ben Simons and Andrew Matthews reached an incredible 97mph in the first run as they set a new track record of 50.66secs, eclipsing a time set at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. They were pipped to gold in the second run by Russia’s...

Bobsleigh bronze is GB’s first medal for four years as Laura Deas hits top five again in skeleton

19 November 2017

Brad Hall guided GB Bobsleigh to their first World Cup medal in four years during another impressive weekend of international competition for the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA). Lamin Deen’s quartet were also on the wider podium during the four-man competition at Park City in the United States, while Laura Deas secured a second successive top-five finish in the women’s skeleton. Hall, Bruce Tasker, Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett were competing...

100 days to go – slider Dom Parsons feeling in good shape as PyeongChang 2018 gets ever closer

01 November 2017

With just 100 days to go until the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, University of Bath student Dom Parsons says he is in a good place physically and mentally for a massive skeleton season ahead. Parsons is on track for his second Olympic Games after once again being selected in British Skeleton’s World Cup squad for 2017-18, with the first race taking place at Lake Placid in New York on November 9. He has been...

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Olympic champ heads British skeleton World Cup squad as PyeongChang Winter Olympics season starts

17 October 2017

Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold heads a six-strong team of University of Bath-based skeleton sliders selected for the opening World Cup races of the 2017-18 season in North America. With the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games now less than four months away, Yarnold will start the build-up to the defence of her title alongside World Cup medalist Laura Deas and Youth Olympic Champion Ashleigh Pittaway. Mechanical Engineering PhD student Dom Parsons, who is currently ranked number...

University of Bath named as Sports University of the Year in Good University Guide 2018

22 September 2017

The University of Bath has been named as the UK’s top sports university in the influential The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award is based on the quality of its world-class sporting facilities, the performance of its student sports teams and the ranking of its sports-related subjects, with Sports Science also topping the Guide’s ranking table for the subject. Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis...

Maximise your sporting potential – try out for our Futures Athlete Development programme

22 August 2017

Young sportspeople looking to maximise their potential and gain an added advantage on their sporting journey are being invited to attend a free screening day for the 2017-18 Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme. Taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, September 9, the screening day will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme. They will also receive an introduction...

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