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KIM MURRAY NAMED IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SKELETON TEAM

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The Isle of Wight’s Kimberley Murray will once again compete in the women’s World Cup skeleton team this forthcoming season.

Kim, 31, who comes from Binstead but now lives in Bath, will join Olympian Laura Deas and Madelaine Smith in the British team. They will all have hopes of securing even greater success in the high-speed sport this year, with Kim finishing 18th in last year’s competition. Her career-best finish of 7th place was secured at Calgary.

Natalie Dunman, Performance Director for the British Skeleton team, says that Murray has a real shot of going to the next Olympic Games in Beijing – and being really competitive if she gets there. Beijing 2022 has been a goal of Kim’s since she took up the sport, as previously reported by Island Echo 4 years ago.

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Kim is a former long jumper and won Gold for the Isle of Wight at the 2007 NatWest Island Games in Rhodes. Her jump that day (5.95m) still stands as the Games Record, but injury has forced a change in sport.

The World cup season was due to start in Park City at the end of November but that race has been switched to fellow American venue Lake Placid, meaning the New York State track will host back-to-back races on 7th and 8th December and then again on 13th December.

After a break for the Christmas period, the circuit switches to Europe, with 6 further races scheduled for Germany (x2), France, Austria, Switzerland and Latvia before the season’s showpiece, the World Championships, take place back in Germany in late February.

You can learn more about Kim and her journey by watching the video below…

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