Bromley and McGrandle call time on skeleton careers

Former skeleton world champion Kristan Bromley will head into retirement with plenty of memories from his time on the ice although writing his name into the record books in 2008 will be the moment that burns brightest.

Bromley announced on Tuesday that he is hanging up his sled for good after two decades in the sport.

During that time the 43-year-old appeared at four different Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City in 2002 right the way through to Sochi 2014.

And while medals would not be forthcoming at that level, Bromley was a frequent visitor to the podium elsewhere, including winning European Championship gold in 2004 and 2005.

And three years later he achieved the triple crown – becoming the first slider to win the World Championships, European Championships and overall World Cup title in the same season.

"I'm very proud of representing my country at more than 100 World Cup and championship events and four Olympic Games," said Bromley upon announcing his retirement.

"Winning the treble didn't sink in at the time but that was the season I was the most proud of.

"It was the first time in the history of the sport that anyone had won all three competitions in the same year and it came at a time when pretty much everybody had written me off."

Bromley’s fiancée and Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman will also not be on the ice this season after confirming she is extending her maternity leave.

While Rose McGrandle has similarly announced her retirement from the sport, bringing to an end six years as part of the British Skeleton programme, which included winning the Intercontinental Cup title in 2012 and finishing ninth at this year’s World Championships.

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