News Archive, Category: Skeleton

“Go for it!” Double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold encouraging young women to follow in her footsteps and go for gold

25 March 2021

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold is backing the search for Britain’s next female superstar in the exhilarating sport of skeleton. British Skeleton, who are based at the University of Bath, last week announced their latest talent identification campaign specifically seeking females aged 17-25 who have the potential to win Olympic gold in Milan Cortina in 2026. Yarnold won Olympic Games gold in 2014 and 2018 to become the country’s most decorated Winter Olympian and she’s...

Do you have what it takes to win skeleton gold at the Winter Olympic Games? New talent ID campaign launched to find next female star

20 March 2021

British Skeleton have begun their search for the next Amy Williams or Lizzy Yarnold, with females aged 17-25 encouraged to try out for a new talent identification campaign taking place at the University of Bath this spring and summer. Project Milano: Girls4Gold is targeted at athletic, ambitious young sportswomen who believe they have the drive and ability to win the Olympic title at the 2026 Winter Games in Italy. British Skeleton has an outstanding record...

Winter Olympic medallist Laura Deas to help champion GB’s elite athletes as 2021 Athlete Ambassador for British Athletes Commission

02 March 2021

University of Bath-based Olympic skeleton medallist Laura Deas has been named as one of three British Athletes Commission (BAC) Athletes Ambassadors for 2021. Deas, who trains with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, will work alongside track and field athletes Hannah Cockroft and Adam Gemili to help the organisation ensure that the voice of GB's elite athletes is constantly championed. “I’m really excited and honoured to take...

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...

British Skeleton athletes heading to World Championships in high spirits after impressive season of medals and development

10 February 2021

Six University of Bath-based British Skeleton athletes will be aiming to cap an impressive 2020-21 season when they compete in the showpiece competition of the year – the IBSF World Championships which start in Altenberg, Germany on Thursday. The GB men’s trio of Craig Thompson, Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt have all stood on the podium during the recently concluded World Cup campaign, while Olympic bronze-medallist Laura Deas leads the challenge for the British women...

‘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...

Ashleigh Pittaway wins second Junior World Champs medal of her career on another good weekend for skeleton and bobsleigh athletes

25 January 2021

University of Bath-based skeleton athlete Ashleigh Pittaway won Junior World Championship (JWC) bronze for the second time in her career in Switzerland on Saturday. Pittaway’s combined time of 2:22.83 over her two runs on the legendary St Moritz track was only bettered by Germany’s Hannah Neise and Susanne Kreher, with the Brit performing brilliantly on her second slide to move up from fifth at the halfway stage. The result matched the 20-year-old’s third-placed finish in...

Fifth-placed finish is a new career best for Craig Thompson as skeleton athletes continue strong start to World Cup campaign

09 January 2021

Craig Thompson continued Great Britain’s strong start to the IBSF Skeleton World Cup season with a career-best fifth in Winterberg on Friday. The University of Bath-based team ended 2020 with two World Cup medals to their name and weren’t far off adding to that tally at the start of 2021 as Thompson finished just 36 hundredths of a second behind home favourite Alexander Gassner in third. The result beat Thompson's previous best of sixth, a...

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