On sheet ice.
Your chin just inches from the ground beneath you.
At speeds approaching 90mph.
Experiencing the sort of G-Forces you would feel in a fighter jet.
There are no Brakes.
No getting off.
Just a mile-long track filled with Speed, Pain and Pure Adrenaline!
This is Skeleton Racing. This is what I do.
Welcome to Head-First-Ed.com!
Head-First-Ed.com is the homepage of Ed Smith, British Skeleton athlete. Here you can keep up to date with all of Ed's latest race results, interact with Ed via his Facebook and Twitter pages, and keep informed of all the exciting news from the World of Skeleton racing! You can also find out more information about the sport of Skeleton, read about Ed's background and what life is like as a Skeleton athlete, and find out how you can support Ed on his journey to the Winter Olympic Games.
Ed was born and raised in Bristol, attending Ashley Down primary school as a child. Encouraged from a young age to take part in sport, he was taught to swim when he was just 3, and joined Bristol Henleaze swimming club with his brother and sister. Ed enjoyed many years swimming and competing for Bristol Henleaze, winning county championships numerous times as a junior before being asked to compete for the City of Bristol. At 15, whilst studying at Cotham Grammar school, Ed decided to make the strange transition from Swimming to competitive weightlifting after watching the Commonwealth Games on TV. Under the watchful eye of Andy Sutor at the Empire Sports Club (one of the country's leading Olympic Weightlifting centres) Ed learnt the Olympic Lifts - The Snatch and the Clean & Jerk, that would give him the foundation of strength, discipline & explosive power he would later use to help lead him on to Skeleton.
Scouted through a UK Sport Talent Identification programme in 2008, Ed took part in a knock-out style testing process that whittled down hundreds of applicants from many different sports - to just 6 athletes that would join the British Skeleton programme in 2009. On returning from his first World Championships in Feb 2012, after just 3 years of sliding, Ed took the decision to quit his job as an Electrician to concentrate on a full-time training program. After 8 years working on some of the countries biggest construction projects with T.B.Worrall Ltd, Ed is now training full- time with British Skeleton's World Class Performance Programme in Bath.