Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Bath (RWH) British Bobsleigh & Skeleton (BBSA) is on the lookout for young female sports talents. The IBSF national federation launched a nationwide talent identification campaign specifically seeking young woman who can win gold at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Applications are possible until midnight on April 30th, 2021.

Great Britain is the most sucessful nation in Women’s Skeleton Olympics. British female athletes have won a medal at every Olympic Winter Games since skeleton re-joined the Olympic family in 2002: gold at the last three Olympics courtesy of Amy Williams in 2010 and Lizzy Yarnold in 2014 and 2018, silver 2006 with Shelley Rudman as well as bronze 2002 (Alex Coomber) and 2018 (Laura Deas).

“We are not seeking ready-made stars so we would encourage anyone who has athletic ability, is fast and powerful and has a desire to push their boundaries and experience new things to come forward and believe in themselves. That’s exactly what Lizzy and Laura did 12 years ago“, said Danny Holdcroft, Head of Talent for the British Skeleton team.

Project Milano: Girls4Gold opens to applications via the BBSA website as of now, with successful applicants then invited to the University of Bath for baseline testing later in the spring. The selection process continues through the summer, with the chosen athletes getting their first taste of the sport on ice in early winter and maybe join the first international competitions. ©RWH2021

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Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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