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Kelly Gallagher wins Britain’s first Winter Paralympic Gold

University of Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher made a piece of history today (Monday) by winning Britain’s first gold medal at a Paralympic Winter Games.

Gallagher, who graduated from the University with a Mathematics degree in 2006, took gold in the visually impaired Alpine Skiing Super G event at the Sochi Games with guide Charlotte Evans.

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All downhill for Kelly – with a little help from her guide

Scorching down a slalom course on the limit can be a daunting experience for anyone. Doing it when you are visually impaired requires complete trust in your guide.

University of Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher will demonstrate both her ability and her trust in guide Charlotte Evans when she competes at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

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Lizzy Yarnold wins Olympic Gold

Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesBritish Skeleton’s Lizzy Yarnold stormed to victory this evening at Sochi as she scooped up the gold medal in the women’s Skeleton.

A crowd, including Olympians from other sports, gathered around the big screen at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village to cheer her on in her two runs today.

The 25 year old, who is a close friend and tenant of Vancouver Games gold medallist Amy Williams, went in to the final run with a comfortable lead of 0.78 seconds from the American Noelle Pikus-Pace.

It was a lead she didn’t relinquish and despite a strong fight by the other contenders Lizzy put in a great time of 58.09. Although it was not a smooth as she might have liked, it was her second fastest run of the competition.

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GBR1 4-man crew end Sochi campaign in 5th

The GBR1 four-man bobsleigh crew of John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon just missed out on the medals in the final event of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The quartet, the last British athletes to compete at the Games, ended their campaign in fifth, just half a second off the Russian Federation 1 crew that took gold and 0.11 seconds off the bronze medal position.

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University PhD student finishes 10th in Olympic debut

After yesterday’s success for British Skeleton in the women’s competition, this afternoon saw the conclusion of the men’s contest at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

University of Bath PhD student Dominic Parsons put in a solid performance to finish in 10th place on his Olympic debut.

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Walker and Wilson finish 12th

Picture by: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesPaula Walker and Rebekah Wilson finished in 12th position in the 2-woman bobsleigh as the competition came to an end this evening at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The duo, who do part of their training at the University of Bath, maintained their solid start from yesterday’s heats to post a total time of 3:54.24.

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“It’s as good as it gets” says Lizzy

“It’s as good as it gets!” That was Bath-based skeleton slider Lizzy Yarnold’s verdict at the halfway mark of the Olympic Winter Games competition in Sochi.

Yarnold, who trains with British Skeleton at the University of Bath, leads the field after two of the four runs in Sochi.

Team-mate Shelley Rudman, a University of Bath graduate, is currently 11th.

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Lizzy produces stunning start to Sochi skeleton

University of Bath-based Lizzy Yarnold leads the way at the halfway mark of the women’s skeleton competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The 25-year-old clocked the fastest time on each of today’s two runs at the Sanki Sliding Centre and goes into the final two heats tomorrow with a hefty 0.44-second advantage over Noelle Pikus-Pace of the USA in second.

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Baines to propel two-man bobsleigh

John Baines has been called into the Team GB two-man bobsleighJohn Baines crew at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter games to replace the injured Craig Pickering.

Pickering was forced to withdraw from the GB team for Sochi after suffering a back injury at a pre-Games preparation camp in Germany.

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Lizzy in stunning form in Sochi training

Bath-based Lizzy Yarnold set the fastest two times on the penultimate day of women’s skeleton training on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games track.

Cool as you like, the 25-year-old reported: “It was good fun out there today.”

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Lizzy can’t wait to show the world what she can do at Sochi

World number one skeleton slider Lizzy Yarnold says she can’t wait to show the world what she can do at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

And the 25-year-old is already enjoying soaking up the Olympic atmosphere at her first Games.

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Pickering devastated to miss out on Sochi Games after injury

Craig PickeringUniversity of Bath graduate Craig Pickering said he is devastated to be ruled out of competing in the bobsleigh at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games through a back injury.

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Sprint ace Pickering set for Sochi Winter Olympic challenge

Craig PickeringUniversity of Bath graduate Craig Pickering is set to join a select group of athletes who have competed at Summer and Winter Olympic Games after swapping the athletics track for the bobsleigh track.

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