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Michelle Steele Michelle Steele

Athlete Biography

From Bundaberg in Queensland, Steele came from a background in surf lifesaving. She was fourth in the open women's beach flags at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in 2004, Queensland State Champion in open and under 19 beach flag events, and also competed up to level 9 in Gymnastics.

Making her World Cup debut in Skeleton in Calgary in November 2005, Steele slid to a remarkable sixth place, after just 13 weeks of experience on the ice. She recorded the fastest push time in the opening heat and the second fastest time in the final heat on the 1988 Olympic track to finish 1.15 seconds behind race winner Melissa Hollingsworth-Richards of Canada.

Steele made her Olympic debut at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and in doing so became Australia's first female Skeleton athlete. She finished in 13th place.

Four years later, Steele was devastated to miss selection for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, missing out to teammates Melissa Hoar and Emma Lincoln-Smith.

Steele has produced some excellent results in the 2013/14 World Cup season, most notably her bronze medal 2013 World Cup in Calgary, Canada. Steele has produced some excellent results in the 2013/14 World Cup season, most notably her bronze medal 2013 World Cup in Calgary, Canada. At the final World Cup in Königssee before the Olympics, Steele was fourth giving her an overall FIBT ranking for 2013/14 of 11th.

Schedule and Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day 6, Feb 13 2014

Skeleton
(Local) / 11:30 AM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 1
Michelle Steele
(Local) / 12:40 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 2
Michelle Steele 12th (1:58.83)

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

Skeleton
(Local) / 7:40 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 3
Michelle Steele 12th (2:57.59)
(Local) / 8:50 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Women's Heat 4 Medal Event
Michelle Steele 14th (3:56.28)
GBR Elizabeth Yarnold USA Noelle Pikus-Pace RUS Elena Nikitina

Fast Facts

Sport
Skeleton
Status
Selected
Event
Individual Women
Nickname
Steelo
Height
164cm
Weight
55kg
Age
28
Born
Gladstone, QLD, Australia
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Olympic Information

2006 Torino - Skeleton (Individual - 13th)

Recent Performances

  • 4th - 2014 World Cup (Königssee, Germany)
  • 8th - 2014 World Cup (Igls, Austria)
  • 17th - 2014 World Cup (St Moritz, Switzerland)
  • 20th - 2013 World Cup (Winterberg, Germany)
  • 5th - 2013 World Cup (Park City, USA), 3rd - 2013 World Cup (Calgary, Canada)

Training

Coach
Eric Bernotas
Caleb Smith
Institute/Academy
Australian Institute of Sport
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
Training Base in Australia
Brisbane, QLD
Training Base Overseas
North America and Europe

Career Highlights

  • Being the first Australian woman to compete in the Winter Olympics in the sport of Skeleton
  • Being the first Australian to win a World Cup Skeleton medal (silver in Nagano in 2007)
  • Achieving sixth place at the 2013 World Championships

Education

Primary
Woongarra State School (Bundaberg, QLD)
Secondary
Kepnock State High School (Bundaberg, QLD)
Tertiary
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - University of QLD

Q&A

What is your favourite competition venue?
St Moritz, Switzerland

What is your goal for Sochi?
To medal

Who is your sports hero?
Usain Bolt

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WRAP: Skeleton sliders inside top 20

WRAP: Skeleton sliders inside top 20

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Day 6 through the Green & Gold Lens

Day 6 through the Green & Gold Lens

BLOG: Russ Henshaw went for broke on the same Slopestyle course where Anna Segal finished 4th, and Australians flew in Skeleton, Cross Country, Biathlon & Figure Skating. To cap a huge day for Australia, Torah Bright received the medal she had won 24 hours earlier at a ceremony in Olympic Park.

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Skeleton girls on track

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Steele Aussies have head in the game

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Fourth place for inspired Steele

Fourth place for inspired Steele

SKELETON: Fresh from her selection in the 2014 Australian Olympic Team, Michelle Steele, has finished an impressive fourth in the final round of the FIBT Skeleton World Cup, held in Konigssee, Germany.

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@AUSOlympicTeam selection day goes social

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Skeleton squad slides back in form

Skeleton squad slides back in form

SKELETON: Australia’s top skeleton athletes were at Igls in Austria this weekend for the final World Cup racing before the Olympic qualification period finishes.

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Feeling the need for speed

Feeling the need for speed

BOBSLEIGH/ LUGE/ SKELETON: Feeling the need for speed Australian sliders have produced a weekend of stellar results, with the men’s Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton athletes all producing top 12 performances.

Bobsleigh fourth begins huge sliding weekend

Bobsleigh fourth begins huge sliding weekend

In Europe and America, Australian sliders are gearing up for a big weekend of competition, with the men’s Bobsleigh team leading the way with a fantastic fourth place in the first 2-man event at the Nor Am Cup.