Andy Wood's Blog

GB Skeleton Athlete

1st place in GB selection!

A good day in the office!

Having finished 2nd place in the first of our selection races, I knew only a win would be good enough in the 2nd race,  for selection to the World Cup circuit.

The 3 days of training were not ideal preparation for our race.  The outside temperature had got warmer and the track had become frosty for the 3 days, meaning slow times.  On day 1 of training, I made a decision to only do 1 run as the track was deteriorating through the session.  The track held up for 2 fairly slow runs on the second day, although I took a gamble on the third and final day of training upon inspection of the track, to not slide at all.  The decision could have backfired as the other guys continued to slide, even though the heavy rain and wind had blown loads of dirt into the track, which normally causes runners to be scratched.  The weather forecast had predicted our race day to be colder which indicated that the track would be quicker, and it was.

2 good runs and I was in 1st place and ahead of Ant Sawyer in 2nd place by 0.59 of a second.  From the 2 races, we both had 10 selection points for a win, and 8 for a second place which meant a tie on 18 points.  In the event of a tie, the decision goes down to accumulative time over the 4 runs.  Ant was only ahead of me by 0.01 of a second from the first race, so with my lead of 0.59 from the second race, I lead overall by 0.58 of a second and therefore selected for the World Cup circuit!

Next stop Whistler, the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in February, for some training and a cup race.  Then it’s off to Park City for the first World Cup race of the season.

October 24, 2009 - Posted by | Blog Archive


  1. You star …. gold I think.
    Go, Andy, go; go, go, go …

    Comment by Brian Wood | October 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. Absolutely fantastic news Andy making the World Cup Circuit, what a race! So at least we may get to see some more of your cheeky grin on TV now.

    Love from Mark Lisa Ben & Joe x

    Comment by Mark | October 24, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Mark

      Thanks for the message! I’m in Whistler now, but have no internet at the house we’re staying in 😦 I’ve taken down the email addresses you sent and I’ll compile an email over the next couple of days so that when I get back to the internet cafe, I can send Sheila some info.

      I hope you’re all well and enjoyed halloween!


      Comment by andywoodskeleton | October 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. It was great to chat to you on Skype after your brilliant result. World Cup – Woohoo!!!!! I thought you would do it in the 2nd race as you sounded very confident and positive the day before. Bet it makes a great change to the negatives last season with all the problems with your old sled? “It’s all downhill from now on!!!”
    Hope things are going well in Whistler.
    Speak to you soon.
    Dad XX

    Comment by PETER WOOD | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Well done! What a fantastic day for you, must have been so tense, I can’t believe it comes down to a click of your fingers, every second counts! Congratulations, you must be so chuffed 🙂 Looking forward to reading the next installment!

    Kate x

    Comment by Kate | October 27, 2009 | Reply

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