British Skeleton Athlete Chris Type has announced his retirement from the sport of skeleton.
The 31-year-old, from Merthyr Tydfil has taken the decision to retire from Skeleton with immediate effect.
A member of British Skeleton World Class Programme since 2003, Chris has competed successfully at all levels of the sport, winning medals at both Europa and Intercontinental Cup levels. Chris was the overall 2010 International Cup champion, before moving to the World Cup squad for the 2010/11 Season where he finished 11th in the overall World Rankings and 14th at last years’ World Championships in Konigsee.
In announcing his retirement, Chris said “I’ve had an amazing time competing for Great Britain over the past eight years. I am sad to be stopping at this time but know it is the right decision and I am looking forward to the next phase of my life.”
He continued “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank British Skeleton and its staff for the support they’ve shown me and wish all the athletes a fantastic season and continued success in their bid to win medals in 2014 and beyond”.
Nigel Laughton, British Skeleton Performance Director, stated “We’re all very sad to hear this news but we fully understand the reasons and respect his decision. Chris has been a great athlete and we acknowledge theimportant contribution he has made to British Skeleton and our sport.”
Laughton went on to say “Whilst Chris may have finished sliding, his days with British Skeleton are far from over as he, with additional support from UK Sport, will soon undertake a bespoke coaching programme which, adding to some pervious coaching experience, will allow him to understudy our Ice Coach, Mark Wood, during this season. Naturally, we are all delighted that we are able to retain such expertise within the World Class Programme and it’s equally important we keep our quality people to help us achieve our strategic goals. Chris is a welcome addition to our coaching and support team and we all look forward to helping him make asuccessful transition from athlete to coach.”
For further information please contact: British Skeleton on 01225 383696.