News Archive, Category: Skeleton

(From left) Maddy Smith, Marcus Wyatt, Jack Thomas and Jerry Rice are in the British Skeleton World Cup squad for the 2018-19 season

VIDEO: British Skeleton squad excited to be back on the ice for 2018-19 IBSF World Cup season

06 December 2018

British Skeleton athletes are in confident mood as they begin the 2018-19 IBSF World Cup season – and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympiad – in Sigulda, Latvia. Fifteen medals from warm-up races on the Intercontinental Cup and Europa Cup circuits over the past month have shown that the GB programme is in fine shape as it looks to build on this year’s stunning success at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. None of the Olympic...

Laura Deas (back, centre) won two ICC gold medals in Winterberg in November 2018

Three golds among super six-medal haul as British Skeleton sliders reign in Winterberg

26 November 2018

British Skeleton’s excellent start to the 2018-19 season continued as they won six more medals, including three gold, in Winterberg, Germany. After recording her first international victory for three years when she came out on top in the Intercontinental Cup (ICC) race, Olympic medallist Laura Deas only had to wait 24 hours for her second success after completing back-to-back wins. MJ Church Ambassador Ashleigh Pittaway narrowly missed out on joining Deas on the podium in...

Lizzy Yarnold and Vicky Holland need your vote for BT Sport Action Woman of 2018 Award

24 November 2018

Lizzy Yarnold and Vicky Holland, who both won global titles this year while training at the University of Bath, are in the running for the BT Sport Action Woman of 2018 Award. A public vote is now under way – click here to take part – and the winner will be announced during a ceremony being shown live on BT Sport 2 on Monday, December 3. British Skeleton history-maker Yarnold became Britain’s most decorated Winter...

Olympic and World Champions among University-based winners at 2018 Bath Sports Awards

21 November 2018

Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, World Champion Vicky Holland and Paralympic silver-medallist Piers Gilliver were among the University of Bath-based athletes, coaches and clubs to enjoy success at the 2018 Bath Chronicle Sports Awards. Yarnold, who made history by successfully defending her women’s skeleton crown at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, was named as Sports Personality of the Year for a second time having also won in 2015. Her success came after British Skeleton, based...

Marcus Wyatt, Laura Deas and Craig Thompson all won medals on the Intercontinental Cup circuit for British Skeleton in November 2018

Four golds in nine-medal haul as British Skeleton athletes slide into the 2018-19 season in style

17 November 2018

British Skeleton athletes, who train at the University of Bath, have made an outstanding start to the 2018-19 season after winning nine medals from eight races in Igls, Austria. Olympic medallist Laura Deas began her warm-up for the World Cup season by winning silver medals on successive days on the Intercontinental Cup, while Craig Thompson and Marcus Wyatt both struck gold – the latter having finished runner-up to Thompson in the opening race. University of...

Laura Deas with her skeleton bronze medal from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Olympic medallist Laura Deas selected in exciting six-strong British Skeleton squad as Beijing 2022 Olympiad begins

30 October 2018

Olympic bronze medalist Laura Deas is among six University of Bath-based British Skeleton sliders selected for this year’s opening World Cup races as the team look to build on last season’s historic success. Deas made the podium in her maiden Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February as British Skeleton celebrated an unprecedented hat-trick of medals thanks to a bronze for Dom Parsons and a second successive gold for Lizzy Yarnold. And while Yarnold...

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold announces her retirement from skeleton after stellar career

16 October 2018

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, who trained at the University of Bath during her outstanding skeleton career, has announced her retirement from competition. "It has been an amazing ten years of my life and I have been lucky enough to learn from amazing coaches and be part of this team," said Yarnold, who was part of the hugely-successful British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) squad based at the University. "When I came into the sport...

University of Bath-based athletes dominate 2018 Bath Sports Awards shortlists after stellar year

04 October 2018

Team Bath and sportspeople who train at the University of Bath are well represented on the shortlist of finalists in the 2018 Bath Sports Awards. Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is in contention for the Sports Personality of the Year award, a title she previously won in 2015, along with Team Bath Netball captain Eboni Beckford-Chambers and fellow England Netball team-mate Kadeen Corbin – they helped the Roses to a historic gold at the Gold Coast...

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...

Winter Olympic stars shine bright as British Skeleton claim clean sweep of awards at 2018 Team GB Ball

14 September 2018

Lizzy Yarnold and the University of Bath-based PyeongChang 2018 British Skeleton squad collected a clean sweep of awards as summer and winter Olympians came together to celebrate at the Team GB Ball 2018. The Team GB Awards, which headlined the evening at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls, recognised the record-breaking achievements of PyeongChang 2018 where Team GB athletes collected their best ever haul of five medals. Yarnold was voted by her fellow athletes as the Olympians’ Olympian...

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