Joel
Fearon

Place of birthCoventry

Age30
Height5' 11
Weight90kg

Joel Fearon has excelled at international level in athletics and bobsleigh, representing Great Britain on the world stage in both sports.

Having begun his bobsleigh career in 2011 when his sprint coach, Michael Khmel, joined the British Bobsleigh set up, Joel is now a double Olympian having featured at both Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

He missed out on a medal by just 0.11 seconds at his first Olympics in Russia when he, John Jackson, Stu Benson and Bruce Tasker finished fifth in Russia but the disqualification of two Russian sleds who placed above Team GB means he is now in line for a retrospective Olympic bronze.

His second Olympic experience in South Korea saw him place 12th in the 2-man competition with Brad Hall and 17th in the 4-man event with Hall, Nick Gleeson and Greg Cackett.

Away from the Winter Olympics, Joel returned from taking a year out from the sport in 2015 to register GB's best World Championship 2-man result for half a century when he and close friend Tasker placed fourth in Igls in 2016. He was on the brink of a medal in the 4-man event at the same meet before a crash derailed his hopes of making the podium and he suffered the same 4-man fate at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee a week after placing ninth with Tasker in the 2-man competition.

Joel claimed silver medals at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in late 2013 and at the 2014 European Championships and was on the World Cup podium again in November 2017 when he finished third with Hall, Tasker and Cackett.

His athletics career has seen him feature for his country in the 4x100m relay in the World Championships in Moscow in 2013, the same year that he finished fifth alongside Jackson, Benson and Tasker in the bobsleigh World Champs in St Moritz.

Britain's fastest man in 2016, Joel became just the sixth Brit to run the 100m in under 10 seconds. He broke that barrier when he ran 9.96 seconds at the English Championships in Bedford, shortly after the Summer Olympic trials. 

Joel in his own words...

  • Most likely to be spotted: in the park or out with the family on our bikes
  • Least likely to be found: anywhere that’s busy
  • Me in three: serious, hard-working, focused
  • Hero: my dad. He came from the poorest of backgrounds and made an amazing life for me and my siblings. He’s shown me that it’s not about where you start but about where you end up and what you do with the time that you have
  • If I wasn’t a bobsledder: my dream job is to be a house husband looking after my beautiful kids and wonderful wife
  • Career highlights: being on a sled with the best team ever: sliding with John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Stu Benson at the 2014 Olympics was pretty special. Working with those guys makes my whole bobsleigh career one big highlight #MeatWagon