Place of birthWrexham

Height5' 6"

Laura Deas ended the 2016/17 season ranked No6 in the World Cup standings, having finished in the top 10 in all bar one of the eight World Cup races. 

She was tenth at her third World Championships in Konigssee in February 2017 and ended the season eighth in the overall IBSF World Rankings.

Having placed seventh at the 2015 World Championships and won World Cup silver and bronze that same season, she won her maiden World Cup race in Altenberg in November 2015 and picked up a bronze in Lake Placid in January 2016.

An 11th-place finish followed in the 2016 World Championships in Igls and Laura was then on the wider podium three times in 2016/17 thanks to sixth-place results in Whistler, Altenberg and St Moritz.

Laura started skeleton back in 2009 through a UK Sport talent programme, Girls4Gold, because she loved the thought of competing at the Winter Olympics. Her sporting background is extensive but far from typical given that sprinting wasn’t her forte and her only running experience had been cross country.

She had been eventing professionally prior to her skeleton selection and had also excelled at tetrathlon, captaining Wales in international competitions. Laura had also played competitive netball and represented North Wales at hockey.


  • Most likely to be spotted: probably in a coffee shop reading a book
  • Least likely to be found: playing computer games
  • Me in three: positive, optimistic, organised
  • Hero: Rafa Nadal because of his humble attitude and superb sportsmanship
  • Random fact: I'd never set foot inside a gym until I got picked for British Skeleton
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd probably still riding horses for a living