Jaclyn Narracott’s Olympic dream came from stories about her uncle Paul Narracott who was the first Australian to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. He ran in the men’s 100m and 200m at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 before participating in the two-man bobsleigh at Albertville 1992.
34 years after her uncle’s debut, Narracott made her own Olympic dreams come true as she represented Australia in the women's skeleton event where she finished in 17th place. Narracott showed incredible consistency at the 2018 Games with run times of 52.53, 52.76, 52.62 and 52.82 down the Alpensia Sliding Centre. The gold medal was claimed by Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold, Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling claimed silver while GB’s came in third.
The Queenslander has a strong athletics background; favouring the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump. She originally thought her Olympic dream would be fulfilled at the Summer Games, however she joined the Australian bobsleigh squad in Europe in 2011 where she met the national skeleton coaches who convinced her to make the switch.
Narracott took her first ride on a skeleton sled in 2012, she made her skeleton World Cup debut at the end of 2014 and her best result has been a 7th place finish at the Lake Placid World Cup in January 2016. Narracott has had several top-10 finishes at North American Cup events, including winning silver in Calgary in November 2016.
The 26-year-old placed 17th at the 2017 World Championships in Königssee, Germany, followed by a 15th place finish at the Olympic Test Event and World Cup event in PyeongChang in March 2017. January 2018 saw Narracott record her best result in two years, finishing 7th at the St Moritz World Cup just weeks out from her Olympic debut.
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Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Bath, United Kingdom
- 8th - 2018 IBSF World Cup (St Moritz, Switzerland)
- 17th - 2018 IBSF World Cup (Altenberg, Germany)
- 16th - 2017 IBSF World Cup (Winterberg, Germany)
- 7th Lake Placid, USA World Cup Jan 2016. Best finish in a World Cup to date and came as a big surprise. It gave me the belief that I can compete with the top girls, despite still progressing.
- Competing in the PyeongChang Test Event. To be able to experience the track on which I'll hopefully make my Olympic debut was special. It's made everything a little more real.
- 16th 2015 World Championships Winterberg, GER. First senior World Champs and I produced PB starts and downtimes in every run.
Chris Gaviglio (2015-current); Rob Ellchuk (2016-current)
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- None really
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere with a decent beach
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A great coffee at the beach
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Snowboard cross or Gynmastics
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Uncle Paul, Caleb Smith (Ex AUS assistant coach)