Lee
Johnston

Team Manager & Ice Coach

Lee Johnston is the longest serving member of the British Bobsleigh team and has held a number of roles within the organisation since making his debut as an athlete in 1995.

A three-time Olympian as a competitor, Johnston was selected for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Games, finishing 10th in the 2-man race in Salt Lake City.

He won the British Championships on 12 occasions and finished fifth in the 4-man event at the 2007 World Championships in St Moritz. Johnston made more than 60 World Cup appearances for Great Britain as a brakeman and then a pilot before retiring from sliding after missing out on selection for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

He immediately moved into coaching, taking on a development role and guiding Mica McNeill and Jazmin Sawyers to Youth Olympic silver in Igls in 2012. 

Johnston coached at both junior and senior levels during the Sochi cycle and led the girls’ youth team to the top three spots and the boys to first, third and fourth in the world mono-bob rankings in the lead up to his second Youth Olympics in Lillehammer 2016. He coached Kelsea Purchall to bronze in Norway before guiding McNeill and Mica Moore to the Junior World Championship title in Winterberg a year later.

He was made Head Coach of the bobsleigh programme in September 2017 and oversaw the team’s most successful season on the World Cup circuit for two decades as they won a brace of top-level medals in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

McNeill and Moore then went on to achieve the country’s best-ever Olympic result in the women’s bobsleigh with an eighth-place finish in South Korea, while Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships in Whistler under Johnston’s watch.

The withdrawal of UK Sport funding prior to the start of the 2019/20 sliding season saw Johnston take on his current consultancy role as Team Manager and Ice coach with the senior team.