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Skeleton silver stunner! Jaclyn Narracott's run for the ages makes Australian Winter Olympics history

Silver medalist Jaclyn Narracott of Team Australia celebrates during the Women's Skeleton medal ceremony. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
12th February, 2022
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Jaclyn Narracott has secured Australia’s fourth medal of a record Winter Olympics haul with the run of her life in the women’s skeleton event.

Born in Brisbane, the 31-year old claimed the country’s first ever medal in a sliding sport, claiming silver in one of the world’s most dangerous sports in a simply incredible effort.

Narracott headed into the second day of the event final as the leader, setting a track record time of 1:01:79 to leave Australians who stayed up to watch the action from Beijing cock-a-hoop.

However, it wasn’t enough for gold, Germany’s Hannah Neise responding with a 1:04:44 to move narrowly clear of Narracott, though the Australian did enough to cling onto silver despite a stirring late challenge from Kimberly Bos.

Narracott joins Jakara Anthony (gold), Scott James (silver) and Tess Coady (bronze) as Australian podium finishers at the 2022 Games, beating the previous best of three medals at each of the Vancouver, Sochi and PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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However, Salt Lake City and Vancouver remain our only Games to have won more than one gold medal.

Following the event, a beaming Narracott said the moment was ‘everything that I’ve dreamt of’, while hoping her success will inspire future generations to take up the sport.

“To actually realise it, it’s going to take a while to sink in,” she told Channel Seven.

“I would love this to be the catalyst to get more girls back into our sport. We used to have a program, which is how I got into it… there’s no reason why we can’t be competitive at every Olympics, every World Cup.

“We just need girls who want to do it, and hopefully this will get some more into our sport.”

When told she had ensured Australia’s most successful winter Games ever, Narracott was just as delighted, pumping her fist and crying ‘Yes!’

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