Considering Britain’s obvious meteorological disadvantages when it comes to winter sports, it’s remarkable the amount of success we have had in skeleton, the world’s first “sliding” sport. Amy Williams was Britain’s only gold medallist four years ago in Vancouver, and this year both Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman have a serious chance at a medal. Not bad for athletes who spend much of the year rolling down a rubber track in the hills round Bath, a long way from the ice of Europe.
Event: Women’s Skeleton
Lives: Bath, Avon
Height: 1m 72cm
Club: British Skeleton, Bath
National Squad: Since 2010
Coach: Andi Schmid, Danny Holdcroft, Mark Wood
Titles: 2012 Junior Championships, 2013-2013 Skeleton World Cup
What is Skeleton?
First originating in Cresta, Switzerland, Skeleton was first created back in 1888. The first sliding sport, its invention inspired the bob-sleigh and luge in turn. Skeleton sees athletes pushing their sled at the start before jumping onto it and sliding down the ice-covered track. The aim is to be the fastest at the end of the run.
Lizzy Arnold in quotes…
“I don’t feel the pressure, I’ve not been thinking about other peoples expectations because I’ve got such high expectations of myself anyway.”
“You will never have a perfect run because it happens so fast, you just need to react to it. I’ve been trying lots of different things in training and I’ve brought that through into competition.”