News Archive, Category: Skeleton

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...

Great Britain's Dom Parsons with his Olympic Winter Games bronze. He will be the official Olympic Day Run starter.

Olympic medallist Dom Parsons taking a break from skeleton to focus on PhD studies at University of Bath

13 September 2018

Olympic bronze medalist Dom Parsons will take a season away from competing in skeleton to complete his PhD at the University of Bath. Parsons became Great Britain's first male Olympic skeleton medalist for 70 years when he finished third in PyeongChang seven months ago. With one eye on the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, Parsons has decided he will not compete on the ice in 2018-19 and instead aim to complete his doctorate...

VIDEO: Essential nutrition facts to help you train harder, recover faster and improve performance

24 August 2018

A good nutritional plan is essential to getting the most out of your training and competition.  In the latest of our series of Team Bath health and lifestyle videos, our nutritionists look at three facts you should know that can help you train harder, recover faster and improve your overall performance. We also look at the 'three Rs' of post-exercise nutrition - rehydrate, replenish and rebuild. Watch the videos below and check out the series...

PyeongChang 2018 skeleton athletes Jerry Rice, Laura Deas, Dom Parsons and Jackie Narracott with British Skeleton Performance Advisor Andi Schmid at the 2018 Blues Awards

Andi Schmid steps down as British Skeleton Performance Director after 17 years of outstanding success

08 August 2018

Andi Schmid is stepping down from his role as British Skeleton Performance Director after an outstanding 17-year tenure that saw him guide sliders to seven medals at five Winter Olympic Games from their training base at the University of Bath. A former World Champion slider for his native Austria, Schmid took over the role in 2001 and helped to build and foster a training environment that has established British Skeleton as a powerhouse in the...

Family Fun Day is hailed as best yet as thousands enjoy free sport and activities at University STV

16 June 2018

More than 2,000 people of all ages took the chance to enjoy a wide range of sports and activities as the "best Team Bath Family Fun Day yet" took place on Saturday. Free have-a-go sessions in badminton, beach volleyball, boccia, fencing, laser shooting, tennis, trampolining and more proved hugely popular, as did displays from Team Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in the sports hall and Team Bath Synchro Club in the London 2012 Legacy Swimming Pool....

Yarnold honoured in Queen’s Birthday list

11 June 2018

Double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold, who is part of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association’s training group based at the University of Bath, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Yarnold’s OBE, is in recognition of becoming the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title after winning skeleton gold at PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014. In doing so, Yarnold became the nation’s most successful winter athlete of all time...

Dame Katherine Grainger (left) and Michael Jamieson (right) were among the panel at an Athletes Future Roadshow that took place at the University of Bath in June 2018

Athlete Futures Roadshow provides University-based sportspeople with careers advice for life after sport

07 June 2018

Olympic, World and Commonwealth champions based at the University of Bath were among a host of athletes who received careers advice for life after sport. The University hosted the third of four Athlete Futures Roadshow events in 2018, organised and run by the Athlete Futures Network, a partnership between UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) that is supported by the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association. The Network provides services...

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