Laura Deas

Skeleton Athlete - Olympic Bronze

Laura Deas claimed skeleton bronze on her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018. Deas joined teammate and gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold on the podium, the first time Great Britain had won two medals in the same event at a Olympic Winter Games. 

Prior to skeleton, Deas enjoyed a professional eventing career having also captained Wales at international tetrathlon competitions.

A gifted sportswoman, she also played competitive netball and represented North Wales at hockey.

Deas started skeleton back in 2009 through the UK Sport talent programme, Girls4Gold, inspired by the idea of one day competing at an Olympic Winter Games.

She has since forged a promising career in the sport, earning her first World Cup win in Altenberg in November 2015 and just missing out on a European Championship medal in 2017 with a fourth-place finish. 

Deas was fifth in the first two World Cup races of the Olympic season and was only outside of the top 12 once during the campaign, earning her selection for her maiden Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.