Place of birthSolihull

Height5' 8"

Madelaine Smith ended the 2019/20 season ranked 15th in the overall IBSF standings.

Madelaine equalled her career best World Cup finish with an eighth-placed effort in La Plagne in January and she finished 21st at the World Championships in Altenberg the following month. She placed fourth alongside Matt Weston in the team competition at the World Champs, missing a medal by just three hundredths of a second in the brand new event.

She began the 2019/20 season with a bronze medal on the Intercontinental Cup circuit in Sochi after she ended her first full World Cup season in 2018/19 ranked 11th in the world after four top ten placings in eight races.

Having won two Europa Cup gold medals and a bronze before the start of the 2018/19 World Cup season, she was eighth at the World Cup in Igls in January 2019 and was ninth in St Moritz a week later.

Selected for her debut World Championships in Whistler in March that year, Madelaine came 15th in Canada.  

She had made her World Cup debut in Igls in December 2017 and was chosen to travel to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea two months later as part of the British Olympic Association's Ambition Programme for potential future Olympians.

Madelaine won bronze on her GB debut on the North American Cup (NAC) circuit in Lake Placid in March 2016 and secured back-to-back NAC gold medals in Park City in January 2017.

She applied to join the GB Skeleton squad through the Power2Podium programme in 2014 on the advice of former 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.


  • Nickname: Mads, Maddy or Smithy
  • Most likely to be spotted: in the gym, eating cake and drinking tea or laughing inappropriately 
  • Least likely to be found: in a book store
  • Me in three: smiley, dedicated, competitive 
  • 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: having two top ten performances on the World Cup back-to-back in two of my favourite places - Igls (8th) and St Moritz (9th)