Craig
Thompson

Place of birthSwindon

Age26
Height5' 7"
Weight80kg

Craig switched to skeleton through the Power2Podium programme at the end of 2014 having previously spent much of his sporting career playing football.

A versatile attacking player who started off in centre midfield but became equally comfortable out wide or up front, Craig represented Swindon Town at youth level and played county standard for Wiltshire up until the age of 16.

He also enjoyed athletics, competing for Swindon Harriers in the 100m, 200m and sprint relay from 12-15, before skeleton presented him with the chance to fulfil a lengthy ambition of representing his country on the international stage.

Craig won a bronze medal on his Great Britain debut in the North American Cup in Lake Placid in March 2016. He saved his best finish in the 2016/17 season to last when he placed seventh in the Europa Cup race in St Moritz.

He finished fifth in the overall Europa Cup standings in 2017/18, despite only competing in five of the season's eight EC races. Craig won three medals in those five starts, taking a gold and bronze in Lillehammer in November 2017 and a second bronze in Igls in January.

Craig has been selected to compete on the Intercontinental Cup circuit in 2018/19, with his two previous ICC appearances resulting in 11th and 15th-place finishes in Altenberg in January 2018.

Craig in his own words...

  • Nickname: Tomo
  • Most likely to be spotted: out for a meal
  • Least likely to be found: drinking coffee
  • Me in three: relaxed, passionate, simple
  • Hero: Alan Shearer. He gave 100% in every match, which inspired me to do the same. He is also one of the best role models for upcoming talent to look up to
  • Random fact: I scored on every debut I had for the football teams I played for when I was growing up
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I’d be a fitness instructor or personal trainer. I work part-time as a PT in Woodbury Park and I also have a part-time bar job