News Archive, Category: Skeleton

500 days to Beijing 2022: Skeleton ace Marcus Wyatt excited for challenge ahead as Winter Olympic Games milestone is reached

22 September 2020

With dates for the new skeleton season confirmed and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games now exactly 500 days away, University of Bath-based Marcus Wyatt is looking to the future with excitement after a summer of uncertainty. The 2019-20 skeleton season may have finished just before the country went into lockdown back in March but the sport has still been effected by the global pandemic, with the calendar for this winter remaining in doubt until...

Markerless motion capture technology adds to British Skeleton’s cutting-edge training approach at UK’s only push-start track in Bath

22 July 2020

Researchers at the University of Bath have been working with GB skeleton athletes based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village to develop a new type of motion capture technology that can accurately track the performance of the athlete during the push-start phase of performance. Skeleton is a winter sport where athletes rapidly accelerate on ice whilst pushing a sled before launching forwards on to it and navigating the corners of the track at speeds...

British Skeleton duo so close to medal as Brad Hall and Marcus Wyatt record top-ten finishes at IBSF World Championships

01 March 2020

University of Bath alumni Madelaine Smith and team-mate Matt Weston missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins as the 2020 IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships concluded in Altenberg, Germany. The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) duo were competing in the new skeleton team event and set a combined time of 1:55.85 from their runs, just three-hundredths of a second behind bronze-medallists Italy. “A medal would have been amazing but that’s...

GB women’s skeleton trio looking to end winter season on a high note at IBSF World Championships in Germany

27 February 2020

Olympic medallist Laura Deas, Kim Murray and Madelaine Smith are all looking to end their season on a high note and gain more valuable experience on the road to Beijing 2022 when they represent British Skeleton at the IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Germany this week. The trio, who train at the University of Bath with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), start their campaigns on Friday (February 28) with the first two run,...

British Skeleton men eager to gain more experience on international stage after getting World Championships call for Altenberg

22 February 2020

Debutants Matt Weston and Craig Thompson will join Marcus Wyatt in representing British Skeleton at the 2020 IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, later this week. The trio train at the University of Bath, which is proud to be home to the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), with skeleton and bobsleigh athletes training on the UK’s only push-start track as well as in the high-performance gym and indoor athletics facilities. Wyatt heads to Germany...

Top-ten finishes on World Cup circuit give British Bobsleigh & Skeleton athletes a boost ahead of World Championships

17 February 2020

Bobsleigh driver Brad Hall and skeleton athlete Marcus Wyatt both secured impressive eighth-placed finishes overall on the IBSF World Cup circuit during another good weekend for University of Bath-based winter sport athletes. Hall goes into next weekend’s World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, having beaten his previous best world ranking of 12th in 2017-18 after an excellent season in the two-man bobsleigh which included a stunning silver in Igls in January. He was joined by Greg...

“Amazing feeling” as rising British Skeleton star Amelia Coltman caps dream debut season with Europa Cup crown

25 January 2020

University of Bath-based Amelia Coltman became the first Brit to win the overall Europa Cup title in her first season of competitive sliding as her dream start to her skeleton career continued on Saturday. Coltman – who is well known to young school pupils visiting the Sports Training Village thanks to her work with Team Bath Tribe – backed up her bronze medal in Friday’s race in Altenberg, Germany, with fourth place on Saturday to...

Stunning silver sees Brad Hall and Greg Cackett make World Cup history on memorable weekend for British Bobsleigh and Skeleton

20 January 2020

University of Bath-based Brad Hall and Greg Cackett made history as they recorded Great Britain’s best World Cup two-man bobsleigh result since records began by winning silver at Igls, Austria. “It’s an absolutely incredible feeling,” said driver Hall, who had finished fourth alongside Cackett in France the previous weekend. “If you had told us last week that we were going to finish in the top six two weeks in a row, let alone fourth and...

Brad Hall and Greg Cackett record Britain’s best 2-man bobsleigh result this millennium during impressive World Cup weekend

13 January 2020

It was a weekend to remember for the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh squad as Brad Hall and Greg Cackett recorded the country’s best World Cup 2-man bobsleigh result this millennium. They missed out on a medal by just 18 hundredths of a second in La Plagne, France, as they finished fourth in just their second-ever 2-man race together. “It’s a little bit bittersweet after we finished second in the first heat but, if we’d...

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

Olympic medallist Dom Parsons retires from skeleton after historic career while training and studying at University of Bath

28 December 2019

Dom Parsons, who won a historic Olympic skeleton medal while training and studying at the University of Bath, has announced his retirement from the sport. Parsons became the first British male skeleton athlete to win an Olympic medal in 70 years when he made the podium in PyeongChang in February 2018. The 32-year-old took a year away from sliding following his Olympic success to complete his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath...

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