Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace, from Shaftesbury, has already enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his career just by appearing at the Winter Olympic Games.
The University of Bath graduate was placed in an induced coma after suffering a severe head injury while training in Switzerland. Now, after a remarkable and rapid recovery, he is ready to compete on the greatest stage of all.
“I’m feeling no pressure, just excited more than anything,” said Wallace, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, Tuesday, February 13. “To come back from a big injury and make it to PyeongChang is a huge win in itself for me. It’s my first Olympics and I’ll be the first GB male aerialist in 20 years to compete at the Games.
Wallace, Junior World Championships bronze-medallist and Britain’s first-ever Europa Cup gold-medal winner, suffered severe concussion but returned to his land-based training at the university, where he is supported by a Team Bath Service Support Grant and works with lead strength and conditioning coach Harri Cizmic.
Wallace is one of two Team GB athletes competing at PyeongChang 2018, with skeleton slider Dom Parsons, to be supported by the Team Bath Dual Career programme while combining study and sport at the university.