News Archive, Category: Skeleton

From 19 to 90 – Team GB Olympians from six decades and 14 sports unite for special celebration at University of Bath

13 August 2019

Fifty Team GB Olympians spanning six decades, including one of only two Holocaust survivors to compete at the Games, visited the University of Bath on Saturday for a special celebratory reception. Sir Ben Helfgott, who captained the GB weightlifting team at both the Melbourne 1956 and Rome 1960 Games, and 90-year-old Michael Howard, a fencing silver-medallist in 1960, were the two most senior Olympians to attend the event, which took place in The Edge. At...

Mareks Mezencevs “excited and honoured” to join British Skeleton as new Performance Sliding Coach

30 June 2019

Mareks Mezencevs has been appointed as British Skeleton's new Performance Sliding Coach ahead of the 2019-20 season. Mezencevs joined the University of Bath-based team this month and has committed to the programme for the full Olympic cycle as British Skeleton look for more medal success in Beijing 2022. The 38-year-old Latvian will work closely with the country’s leading sliders and will also have technical input across the programme. He arrives here with a wealth of...

Ilaria Brandimarte, Amelia Coltman and Kim Commane at a This Girl Can event ahead of International Women's Day 2019

VIDEO: University of Bath sports stars inspires next generation at This Girl Can event on International Women’s Day

08 March 2019

Three sporting role models who train and compete at the University of Bath helped to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 when they took part in an event inspiring schoolgirls across Bath & North East Somerset. Forty sporty children aged five and six attended the fun This Girl Can event at the Sports Training Village, which was hosted by Team Bath Tribe in association with the Bath & North East Somerset School Sport Partnership. As well...

Olympic medallist Laura Deas and MJ Church Ambassador Ashleigh Pittaway in six-strong British Skeleton squad for World Champs

02 March 2019

Olympic bronze medallist Laura Deas will be aiming for her first World Championship medal this week after being named in a six-strong British Skeleton squad for the season’s showpiece in Canada. Deas goes into the event – taking place in Whistler on March 7&8 – on the back of a fantastic third-placed finish in the last World Cup of the season in Calgary last weekend. She is joined in the women’s team by University of...

Brilliant bronze for Ashleigh Pittaway at Junior Worlds as rising skeleton star adds to her medal collection

03 February 2019

MJ Church Ambassador Ashleigh Pittaway continued her medal-laden start to 2019 when she won bronze at the Junior World Skeleton Championships in Konigssee. The former Youth Olympic champion, who trains with British Skeleton at the University of Bath, performed superbly to finish third overall in the U23 competition – a big step forward from 11th in 2017 and ninth last year. The 18-year-old had previously won gold and silver on the Intercontinental Cup circuit in...

Four top-ten finishes for British Skeleton athletes at delayed European Championships in Igls

19 January 2019

British Skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath enjoyed a fine day at the European Championships as Laura Deas finished fifth and four of her team-mates recorded their best-ever top flight results. Deas produced her best World Cup result since winning Olympic bronze last year, while Sports Performance graduate Madelaine Smith recorded her best-ever showing with World Cup eighth and European Championship seventh in Igls, Austria. In the men’s race, it was personal...

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas miss out on World Cup bobsleigh medal by just hundredths of a second

06 January 2019

University of Bath-based bobsleigh duo Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas recorded their best-ever World Cup result on Saturday as they finished fourth in an incident-packed race at Altenberg, Germany. The British pair had what appeared to be a cup thrown onto the track during the start of their second run and then were ranked as sixth in the official results before being rightfully upgraded after the clock was adjudged to have been nearly four-tenths of...

New Year, New You – watch our expert video guide to health, exercise, nutrition and more for 2019

28 December 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, many people's thoughts are turning to New Year's Resolutions - one of the most popular being doing more exercise and getting active. If you have never been to a gym before, are getting back into exercise after a break or are already active but looking to step things up in the new year, our Team Bath athletes and experts have some top tips to help you on your fitness journey....

Olympic, World and Commonwealth crowns among highlights of unforgettable sporting 2018 at University of Bath

26 December 2018

One historic Olympic title defence, two World crowns, three Commonwealth gold medals and a multitude of other national and international medals added up to another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath in 2018. The University’s unique push-start track, the only one of its kind in the UK, became the focus of national attention in February when three athletes who train on it with British Skeleton won medals for Team GB at the...

England Netball won two trophies at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Team Bath stars among England Netball team honoured at 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

17 December 2018

It was a memorable night for Team Bath Netball’s Eboni Usoro-Brown and Serena Guthrie as they were part of the England Netball squad honoured as Team of the Year at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. The Roses’ historic last-second winner in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games final against Australia was also named as Greatest Sporting Moment, a new category voted for by the public. Usoro-Brown and Guthrie were joined on...

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