Dom Parsons

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Dominic Parsons
Personal information
Born (1987-09-08) 8 September 1987 (age 31)
London, England
Sport
Country Great Britain
SportSkeleton

Dominic Edward Parsons (born 8 September 1987) is a British skeleton racer. He won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and also competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Career[edit]

Parsons began as a runner for Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club, running the 400m. He switched to skeleton in 2007 after being introduced to the sport by Adam Pengilly at the Bath bobsleigh and skeleton push-start track.[1] He made his Europa Cup debut in 2008,[2] and finished fourth at the 2009 and 2010 IBSF Junior Skeleton World Championships.[3]

Parsons made his Skeleton World Cup debut in December 2012, finishing 17th in a race at La Plagne in France.[1] In 2013, Parsons won a bronze medal at a World Cup event in Calgary, Canada.[4] Parsons competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, finishing tenth.[5] Parsons finished fifth overall in the 2014–15 and 2015–16 Skeleton World Cups, and tenth overall in the 2016–17 Skeleton World Cup.[2][1] In January 2018, Parsons finished fourth at the World Cup event in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[4] He achieved three consecutive top ten finishes in the World Championships between the 2014 and 2018 Olympics, finishing seventh in 2015, tenth in 2016 and eighth in 2017.[1]

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Parsons came first in the second practice run. His sled was specifically designed for the Pyeongchang track.[6][7] He later won a bronze medal in the men's skeleton event.[8][9] His medal was Great Britain's first at the Games, and the first for a British male in skeleton since John Crammond at the 1948 Winter Olympics.[10] Parsons' starting speed has been hampered by an ankle injury on the way to a dentist's appointment, which required ligament reconstruction surgery.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Parsons is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Bath, researching combustion in turbo-diesel engines.[10] Parsons and Kristan Bromley own a company which produces sleds.[1] Parsons is in a relationship with Australian skeleton racer Jaclyn Narracott.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dom Parsons: Ten things you didn't know about GB's skeleton bronze medallist". BBC Sport. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Dom Parsons". British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Dominic Parsons". Team GB. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Dom Parsons slides in for dramatic bronze to win Great Britain's first medal at Pyeongchang Games". The Daily Telegraph. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. ^ Dominic Parsons – Great Britain – Sochi 2014 Olympics
  6. ^ Ingle, Sean (12 February 2018). "GB skeleton riders blitz practice rivals as custom skinsuits deliver cutting edge". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Dom Parsons bags bronze on a sled designed specifically for Pyeongchang track". Chelmsford & Mid Essex Times. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Results – Skeleton Men – Skeleton – Winter Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Dominic Parsons Biography". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Brown, Oliver (16 February 2018). "Dom Parsons combines slick technology with iron-clad resolve to become Britain's breakout Winter Olympics star". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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