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Olympic medallist Dom Parson's retires from skeleton

Parsons in the 2018 Winter Olympics Credit: PA

Bath-based Dom Parsons, who was Team GB's first medallist in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, has announced his retirement.

Parsons was Britain's first male medallist in skeleton for 70 years. He took a year out from competing following his success in South Korea to complete his PhD in engineering at the University of Bath.

Parsons in the 2018 Winter Olympics Credit: PA

Announcing his departure on his facebook page, Parson's said he was "looking forward to new challenges."

After twelve years in skeleton I've decided to stop competing in the sport I love.

This decision was made harder by the fact that I love skeleton so much. I’m happy with having overcome the obstacles to achieve the highs of my career, and with that the desire to keep striving for perfection has faded.

I’m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities ahead, and will always remember my time as a skeleton athlete fondly. I have made some incredible friends in the sport and I hope to stay in touch with all of you. Thank you to all those that have supported me in my career, in particular Kristan Bromley, Rob Ellchuk, Chris Type, Eric Bernotas and UK Sport.

Good luck to my team mates for the rest of the season and beyond to Beijing.

– Dominic Parsons