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The performance director, Andi Schmid, is leaving after 17 years with British Skeleton. He has masterminded multiple Olympic medals. NEW

The British invented the sport in the Swiss resort of St Moritz in the late 19th Century.

Britain won bronze medals at the 1924 and 1948 Olympics, but the sport was then dropped from the Winter Olympics until 2002.

In 2002 Alex Coomber won bronze for Great Britain at the Olympics in Salt Lake City.

It was the first Winter Olympic success for Andi Schmid who joined the team the previous year.

In his time the sport has gone from strength to strength with 7 recent Olympic medals.

  • Salt Lake City, 2002: Alex Coomber, bronze
  • Turin, 2006: Shelley Rudman, silver
  • Vancouver, 2010: Amy Williams, gold
  • Sochi, 2014: Lizzy Yarnold, gold.
  • Pyeongchang, 2018: Lizzy Yarnold, gold and Laura Deas, bronze. Dom Parsons, bronze.

Not bad for a nation that doesn't even have a full skeleton track.

The University of Bath has the UK's only bobsleigh and skeleton push-start track.

"It has been a real privilege to serve British Skeleton and its people but now is the right time for me to step back and let someone else drive the team forward to the next Olympics in Beijing," he said.

"I have had so many highs here and have so many happy memories of the people and the performances.

"Winning medals for the country at the Winter Olympics are obviously stand out moments but I'm equally proud of the team spirit and the culture we have built here.

"People genuinely look at the programme as an example of how to generate success and the whole team here should be very proud of that."

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He follows the head coach of GB skeleton, Mark Wood, who has also left his role as we reported in PlanetSKI's News in Brief on July 21st

"Andi's contribution to skeleton in this country has been nothing short of outstanding," said the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association chairman, Christopher Rodrigues.

"He has been at the heart of a hugely successful - and remarkable - journey and we have so much to thank him for.

"He has developed and nurtured a winning culture like nothing ever seen before in British winter sport, with his incredible success at Olympic level just the tip of the iceberg.

"To have played a key part in so many Olympic medals, plus hundreds more across the international circuit, is simply staggering, especially for a nation without an ice track."

A search for a replacement for Andi Schmid has begun.

It's going to be a tough act to follow.

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