The push-start track was officially opened in 2002 and athletes training at the University have won medals at each of the Winter Olympic Games staged since then – a magnificent total of eight between them.
Seven of those have come in skeleton, with Alex Coomber winning bronze at Salt Lake City in 2002 and Shelley Rudman taking silver at Torino 2006 before fellow University of Bath graduate Amy Williams made history with a stunning gold medal at Vancouver 2010. Lizzy Yarnold succeeded Amy as Olympic champion at Sochi 2014 and became the first skeleton athlete to defend her title at PyeongChang 2018, where team-mates Laura Deas and Dom Parsons – a PhD student at the time – also won bronze medals.
The bobsleigh squad have also enjoyed Olympic success, with the four-man crew of John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon claiming bronze at Sochi 2014. Other successful bobsleigh athletes to train here include Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson, who won the 2011 World Junior Championship.
Unique UK facilities
Our outdoor 140m push-start track – the only one of its type in the UK – enables Britain’s skeleton athletes to hone their starts away from the ice, coupled with great sprinting, strength and conditioning and performance gym facilities.
Our £35million Team Bath Sports Training Village also features a physiotherapy, sport science and sport medicine clinic which supports our top skeleton athletes.
Full biography profiles of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton athletes and coaches currently based at the University of Bath can be found on the BBSA website – click here to view.