Pregnant Laura Deas to miss 2023-24 skeleton season

Laura Deas (left) and Lizzy Yarnold
Laura Deas (left) and Lizzy Yarnold were on the podium at Pyeongchang 2018

Welsh Olympian Laura Deas will miss the new skeleton season after announcing that she is pregnant.

Deas, 36, won bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

She won silver in Sigulda in the last World Cup race of last season but will not take part in any of this season's competitions.

"My husband and I are delighted that we are expecting a baby, due in the spring," said Deas.

"It will feel very strange for me to be missing this competition season, having raced the previous 13 years consecutively on the IBSF international circuit.

"Although it will be a very different experience for me this winter, I'll still be following the sport closely and supporting my team mates as much as I can."