Wrexham’s Laura Deas enjoyed a professional eventing career prior to her skeleton selection, 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.