News Archive, Category: Skeleton

Top-ten finishes for Laura Deas and Marcus Wyatt as British Skeleton athletes start World Cup campaign at Lake Placid

08 December 2019

Marcus Wyatt and Laura Deas both recorded top-ten finishes as the University of Bath-based British Skeleton squad began the 2019-20 IBSF World Cup season in Lake Placid, New York this weekend. Olympic bronze-medallist Deas finished tenth overall after two runs in the women’s competition on Saturday, with Sports Performance graduate Maddy Smith 19th and Kim Murray 22nd. The following day saw Wyatt also place tenth in the men’s competition, three places ahead of Dom Parsons...

British Skeleton athletes were among the medallists at the Intercontinental Cup opener in Sochi in November 2019

Gold, silver and bronze medals at Intercontinental Cup in Sochi give British Skeleton a perfect push-start into new season

24 November 2019

The University of Bath-based British Skeleton team enjoyed a dream start to the 2019-20 season as Marcus Wyatt won Intercontinental Cup gold and silver in successive races in Sochi on Saturday and Sunday. Wyatt, who had chosen to race in the ICC opener in Russia after the start of the World Cup season was postponed by a week, missed out on gold in Race 1 by just four hundredths of a second to Germany’s Christopher Grotheer...

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

Olympic medallist Dom Parsons returns to World Cup circuit in strong British Skeleton squad after completing doctorate

13 November 2019

University of Bath alumni Dom Parsons will return to international competition for the first time since winning a brilliant bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games after being named in the British Skeleton squad for the 2019-20 World Cup season. Parsons, who sat out last season to complete his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, is joined in a strong squad by fellow Olympic medallist Laura Deas, Sports Performance graduate Madelaine Smith, Kim Murray, Marcus Wyatt...

From the ice to the boardroom – double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold joins BBSA Board of Directors

01 November 2019

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is looking forward to helping "continue the sports' momentum" after being appointed to the Board of Directors of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA). Yarnold became Team GB's most successful Winter Olympian while training with the BBSA at its University of Bath headquarters, winning women's skeleton gold at both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Games plus the World and European titles before calling time on her...

Natalie Dunman confirmed as Performance Director for British Skeleton through to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

04 September 2019

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), based at the University of Bath, has appointed Natalie Dunman as Performance Director for Skeleton on a permanent basis. Dunman will lead the British Skeleton team for the duration of the current Olympic cycle as the team look to build upon their historic hat-trick of medals from PyeongChang in Beijing in 2022. Formerly Lead Talent Scientist at the English Institute of Sport, Dunman initially joined the BBSA on...

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...

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