Place of birthSolihull

Height5' 8"

Madelaine Smith applied to join the GB Skeleton squad through the Power2Podium programme in 2014 on the advice of GB aerial skier and personal friend Lloyd Wallace.

A keen sportswoman from a very young age, Maddy swam at county level and held a number of records from the ages of eight-15. She then turned her attentions to athletics and competed in sprint hurdles at the Olympic trials and British Championships, amongst other competitions.

Maddy won bronze on her GB debut on the North American Cup circuit in Lake Placid in March 2016 and she built on that immediate success with a brace of podium places in her first two Europa Cup races in 2016/17. 

Back-to-back NAC gold medals followed in Park City in January 2017 and she continued her progress with three top-seven finishes in her four Intercontinental Cup races that same month.

Maddy made her World Cup debut in Igls in December 2017, placing a creditable 17th in a world-class field. She went on to finish 13th in St Moritz and 22nd in Konigssee in January 2018 and was chosen to travel to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea a month later as part of the British Olympic Association's Ambition Programme for potential future Olympians. She has since been selected to compete on the World Cup circuit for the start of the 2018/19 season. 


  • Nickname: Mads, Maddy or Smithy
  • Most likely to be spotted: having tea and cake in one of Bath's many lovely cafes
  • Least likely to be found: in a book store
  • Me in three: determined, hardworking, outgoing
  • Hero: my mum. She is a very strong, independent woman who has led me in the right direction all my life. Not once has she told me exactly what to do but instead she helps guide me into making the best decisions. She has been the one person who has supported me throughout my sporting career so far and, without her, I wouldn’t be where I am today
  • Random fact: I love to draw (it’s an old hobby I’m rediscovering) and I love baking everything naughty and nice
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would be either doing a Masters or doing a PGCE in order to become a PE teacher
  • Career highlights: winning back-to-back gold medals in Park City in January 2017 - it was my first time sliding at the track and I had only had six training runs before competition