16 University of Bath athletes heading to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games...

AERIAL skier, Lloyd Wallace and Australian skeleton athlete, Jackie Narracott, are the latest sportspeople from the University of Bath to be officially selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Wallace’s qualification for the Team GB squad – the first male aerial skier to be selected by Britain in 20 years – is all the more remarkable as it comes just six months after he suffered a serious head injury while training in Switzerland.

He was placed in an induced coma but made a full and speedy recovery, allowing him to return in time for the six-race World Cup series where he earned the points needed to qualify for next month’s Winter Games in South Korea.

Skeleton athlete Narracott has based her training at the University of Bath for the past 18 months, working with athletics coach Rob Ellchuk, and finished the 2017-18 ISBF World Cup women’s skeleton season ranked 18th overall to earn her Olympic place.

16 athletes who train at the University of Bath have now been selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, running from February 9-25, with Wallace and Narracott joining the four skeleton and ten bobsleigh athletes selected by Team GB earlier this week.

Sports Performance graduate Madelaine Smith and fellow skeleton athlete Marcus Wyatt – both of whom compete for the University-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) – will also travel to PyeongChang with the British Olympic Association Ambition Programme, which provides potential future Olympians with first-hand experience of the Games environment.

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