Place of birthCoventry

Height5' 11

Joel Fearon is an Olympic medalist who has excelled at elite level in athletics and bobsleigh, representing Great Britain on the world stage in both sports.

Joel won Olympic bronze with John Jackson, Stu Benson and Bruce Tasker in Sochi in in 2014, although he had to wait almost six years to receive his medal following the doping scandal that saw two Russian sleds eventually disqualified from the final standings.

As well as winning the country's first Olympic bobsleigh medal since 1998, Joel can also claim a place in the history books as a sprinter: Britain's fastest man in 2016, Joel became just the sixth Brit to run the 100m in under 10 seconds when he clocked 9.96 seconds at the English Championships in Bedford shortly after the Rio Summer Olympic trials. 

Joel begun his bobsleigh career in 2011 when his sprint coach, Michael Khmel, joined the British Bobsleigh set up. He is now a double Olympian, having also featured at the PyeongChang 2018 Games when he placed 12th in the 2-man competition with Brad Hall and 17th in the 4-man event with Hall, Nick Gleeson and Greg Cackett.

Away from the Winter Olympics, Joel returned from taking a year out from the sport in 2015 to register GB's best World Championship 2-man result for half a century when he and Tasker placed fourth in Igls in 2016. 

Joel claimed silver medals at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in late 2013 and at the 2014 European Championships and was on the World Cup podium again in November 2017 when he finished third with Hall, Tasker and Cackett.

His athletics career has seen him feature for his country in the 4x100m relay in the World Championships in Moscow in 2013, the same year that he finished fifth alongside Jackson, Benson and Tasker in the bobsleigh World Champs in St Moritz.

Joel spent the 2019/20 bobsleigh season on loan with Timo Rohner's Swiss team but he rejoined the British set up at the conclusion of that campaign and now has more than 80 appearances for GB to his name.

Joel in his own words...

  • Most likely to be spotted: in the park or out with the family on our bikes
  • Least likely to be found: anywhere that’s busy
  • Me in three: serious, hard-working, focused
  • Hero: my dad. He came from the poorest of backgrounds and made an amazing life for me and my siblings. He’s shown me that it’s not about where you start but about where you end up and what you do with the time that you have
  • If I wasn’t a bobsledder: my dream job is to be a house husband looking after my beautiful kids and wonderful wife
  • Career highlights: being on a sled with the best team ever: sliding with John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Stu Benson at the 2014 Olympics was pretty special. Working with those guys makes my whole bobsleigh career one big highlight #MeatWagon