News Archive, Category: Skeleton

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...

Dream comes true as Matt Weston wins superb skeleton silver in Austria on just his fifth appearance on World Cup stage

18 December 2020

Matt Weston won men’s skeleton World Cup silver in just his fifth-ever race on the sport’s top circuit as University of Bath-based sliders continued their excellent start to the 2020-21 international season. The former taekwondo and rugby player finished fourth in last week’s World Cup race in Igls but deservedly claimed a podium place on the same track this time, with only Latvian legend Martins Dukurs finishing ahead of him in the 18-strong field. “I’ve...

So close to more medals as top-four finishes continue fine start to 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season for British Bobsleigh & Skeleton

13 December 2020

Matt Weston, Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas narrowly missed out on medals as the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association took to the ice at the latest IBSF World Cup in Igls, Austria. Weston, in only his second season of skeleton racing, was tied for the lead with legendary Latvian Martins Dukurs at the halfway mark on the men’s race on Friday but impressive second-run times from Russian duo Alexander Treitakov and Nikita...

Inexperienced British Skeleton athletes to gain valuable time on World Cup stage as 2020-21 season moves to Igls

09 December 2020

Aspiring Winter Olympians training at the University of Bath will gain valuable elite international experience when a new-look British Skeleton squad heads to Igls, Austria for rounds three and four of the 2020-21 IBSF World Cup. Only 2018 Olympian Jerry Rice has more than three World Cup races under his belt, with Benji Fulker, Matt Weston, Brogan Crowley and Amelia Coltman all set to feature this Friday before Jacob Salisbury replaces Fulker in the line...

Bronze-medallist Marcus Wyatt ends GB men’s seven-year wait for World Cup podium place as British Skeleton impress again in Latvia

27 November 2020

Marcus Wyatt won a first men’s IBSF World Cup medal for seven years as University of Bath-based British Skeleton athletes continued their excellent start to the 2020-21 season. Wyatt was sixth after the first run in Sigulda, Latvia but dipped below the 50-second barrier on his second to take a fantastic third place in a combined time of 1:39.85. In doing so, he became the first British man to earn a Skeleton World Cup podium...

Four top-eight finishes provide an impressive start to 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season for British Skeleton athletes

20 November 2020

British Skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath made an impressive start to the 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season as they recorded four top-eight finishes in Sigulda, Latvia on Friday. Olympic medallist Laura Deas recorded her best finish since February 2019 as she placed sixth in the women’s race, securing a wider podium place with a combined time of 1:45.52 from her two runs. 2016 Youth Olympic Champion Ashleigh Pittaway was 12th in...

Laura Deas with her skeleton bronze medal from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Laura Deas grateful to be back on the ice as six-strong British Skeleton team get set to begin 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season

19 November 2020

Olympic medallist Laura Deas has thanked the University of Bath for helping British Skeleton maximise their preparations for the new season as the squad prepare to begin their 2020-21 IBSF World Cup campaign in Latvia on Friday. The skeleton athletes were among the first elite sportspeople able to return to training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village during the summer under Covid-compliant conditions, meaning they have had five months to get in shape for...

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...

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