Marcus
Wyatt

Place of birthHoniton, Devon

Age26
Height6' 0"
Weight90kg

Marcus Wyatt joined the Talent squad through the Power2Podium talent ID scheme in the aftermath of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. A keen follower of winter sports on television, skeleton had often caught Marcus’ eye and he jumped at the opportunity to get involved, especially as he had always wanted to become an international sportsman.

Marcus’ sporting background is somewhat different to most of his contemporaries in that his first love was American Football. A regular MVP for the Farnham Knights and Swansea University Titans as a wide receiver, Marcus led the latter to the National Challenge Trophy in 2014.

His first race in GB colours saw him finish fifth in the North American Cup in Lake Placid in March 2016 and he followed that up with a fourth and fifth position in two of his five Europa Cup races in 2016/17.

More progress followed later that season as Marcus won silver medals on both the North American Cup and Intercontinental Cup circuits in Park City and Lake Placid respectively in January 2017.

He made his World Cup debut in Igls in December 2017, finishing a hugely impressive 10th in his first elite-level outing. Further 12th, 14th and 20th placings followed in the final three World Cup races of the season as he narrowly missed out on a spot in the Team GB squad for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Marcus did travel to South Korea, though, as he was selected to join the British Olympic Association's Ambitions Programme for potential future Olympians.

He will compete on the World Cup circuit from the start of the season for the first time in 2018/19.

Marcus in his own words...

  • Nickname: Goose
  • Most likely to be spotted: watching any sport I can on my laptop
  • Least likely to be found: in a coffee shop - I don't drink tea or coffee
  • Marcus in three words: energetic, enthusiastic, competitive
  • Heroes: Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan and JJ Watt. Schumacher for his unrivalled ability, dedication to Formula One and his desire to win, and Jordan for the way he revolutionised basketball and was always able to be at his best when it mattered most. Watt (an American Footballer with the Houston Texans) stands out because of the sacrifices he has made to become among the most dominant players of the last few years. He’s also a model professional
  • Random fact: I have been inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Swansea Titans
  • If I wasn’t a slider: joining the skeleton set up straight after university helped me solve the problem of having no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated! I enjoy the idea of becoming a property developer, though, and would possibly like to do this when my skeleton career comes to an end