Craig
Thompson

Place of birthSwindon

Age27
Height5' 7"
Weight80kg

Craig Thompson won the overall silver medal on the sport's second circuit, the Intercontinental Cup (ICC), in the 2018/19 season.

He medalled three times in eight ICC races, winning the season opener in Igls in November 2018 before securing a brace of bronze medals in Park City and Lake Placid in January 2019.

Craig made his World Cup debut in February when he finished 16th in Placid and he followed that up with 17th spot in Calgary a week later.

He won a bronze medal on his international debut in the North American Cup in Placid in March 2016 and finished fifth in the overall Europa Cup (EC) 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 2018.

He 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 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