My Story

“Get comfortable with uncomfortable”

Kimberley Murray is a thirty year old professional skeleton athlete from the Isle of Wight currently training at the University of Bath. Skeleton is a high speed winter sliding sport, where the athlete hurtles headfirst down an ice track on a sled. The quickest to the bottom wins! Prior to trying skeleton in 2014, Kimberley took part in athletics, competing domestically and internationally. Her results include being multiple British Universities Champion and Island Games winner and record holder. Kimberley earned her first Great Britain vest for athletics in 2010.

In 2014, after the Sochi Winter Olympics where Lizzy Yarnold won the gold medal in the skeleton Kimberley applied to #power2podium, a talent ID search led by UK Sport. Later that year Kimberley got to try the sport for the first time in Lillehammer, Norway. She was selected off the back of a successful trial in early 2015, and became part of the British Skeleton talent squad. She was one of eight selected from over 1000 applicants. In accepting the offer to train full-time in 2016 Kimberley took a career break from working as an exercise physiologist at the sportscotland institute of sport to move to Bath. 

With a background in sport science, Kimberley balances training and racing with running her business, KimFit; a personal training and coaching service. She got her first GB vest for skeleton in 2016 and has climbed the British ranks since and now competes on the World Cup circuit; the highest available in the sport. Career highlights so far include a 7th place finish in the Calgary World Cup in February 2019 and a first race win at the Winterberg Europa Cup in November 2018. Her ultimate goal is to compete and medal the the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. 

Watch Me In Action

A short video capturing what goes in to being a skeleton athlete; made by the Physiological Society in Summer 2018.