Ben
Simons

Place of birthShrewsbury

Age31
Height6' 1"
Weight92kg

Ben Simons has now been to a brace of Olympic Winter Games, having represented Team GB at both Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

He placed 19th alongside Lamin Deen, John Baines and Andrew Matthews in Russia and 18th with Deen, Matthews and Toby Olubi in South Korea four years later.

He previously finished fifth in the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg with Deen, Matthews and Bruce Tasker, before winning World Cup silver in Whistler in November 2017. That historic World Cup medal in Canada saw him and his crew set the fastest-ever recorded speed for a bobsleigh as they reached 97mph on route to their podium place. 

Ben joined British Bobsleigh in 2012 after seeing a Talent ID poster on a noticeboard at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). An avid skier, Ben comes from an athletics background, having initially specialised in the long jump and triple jump while competing for Telford Athletics Club. He concentrated predominantly on sprinting during his time at UWIC, winning the Welsh Championships over 60m and representing Wales at both the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

He was part of the Accelerated Driver Programme alongside Tasker and Brad Hall and competed as a pliot and a brakeman in 2015/16. He featured in both the 2-man and 4-man competitions in the 2016 World Championships in Igls, pushing Brad Hall to 17th in the 2-man and being on track for a medal alongside Deen, Tasker and Joel Fearon in the 4-man before a crash in Run 3 saw them finish 22nd.

He competed at his fourth World Championships in February 2017 when he placed 21st with Deen, Baines and Matthews in Konigssee and was an ever-present in GB's involvement in the 2017/18 World Cup season in the 4-man event.

Ben in his own words...

  • Nickname: Semtex
  • Most likely to be spotted: exploring the wilderness
  • Least likely to be found: in an office
  • Me in three: T N T
  • Hero: Linford Christie. Watching him win gold in Barcelona in 1992 is my earliest Olympic memory
  • Random fact: Prince Phillip once implied I was too scrawny!
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be in coaching or sport science, or I’d be a painter and decorator, which was something I did before bobsleigh to make ends meet
  • Career highlights: competing at the Sochi Olympics and finishing fifth at the 2015 World Championships