Jackie Narracott | Australian Olympic Committee
 

Jackie's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Skeleton
Event: Women's Skeleton
Olympic History: PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022
Highlights: Silver at Beijing 2022, Gold at 2022 St Moritz World Cup
Coaches: Dom Parsons, Chris Gaviglio, Rob Ellchuk
Year Born: 1990
State Born: Queensland

About Jackie

Jackie Narracott’s career in sport began in Athletics. From a young age she excelled in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump. Inspired by her uncle Paul Narracott, the first Australian to compete at a Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Jackie made the transition to winter sports in 2011.

In the early years of Jackie's career she achieved several top-10 results on the North American Cup tour, with a silver medal in November 2016 her best.

Notable performances from her step up in competition in 2017 include a 17th place finish at the World Championships in Germany and 15th at the Pyeongchang Olympic test event.

A month out from PyeongChang 2018 Jackie had her best result in two years, placing eighth at the Saint Moritz World Cup event.

The Queenslander made her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018 where she finished 16th.

At Pyeongchang Jackie showed incredible consistency with run times of 52.53, 52.76, 52.62 and 52.82 down the Alpensia Sliding Centre.

Another two World Cup top-ten results awaited her in 2018-19 at events in Winterberg and Lake Placid.

A severe concussion sustained while competing after PyeongChang 2018 left Jackie unsure if she would ever drive a car again and required six months concussion rehab.

During the 2020-21 international season, Jackie based herself at the 2018 Olympic region in South Korea to continue her training during a pandemic impacted year.

Her preparation for the Beijing 2022 was nothing short of sensational. Jackie made a successful return to competition in November 2021, kicking off the Olympic qualifying events by placing 13th in Innsbruck, Austria.

The 31-year-old, just 28 days before her competition was set to begin in Beijing, won Australia's first ever World Cup gold medal in skeleton.

This breakthrough win in Switzerland smashed Jackie’s previous Personal Best World Cup finish of seventh place.

To make her performance in Saint Moritz that more impressive, Jackie’s first of two runs broke the track record.

She returned to her latest overseas base in the United Kingdom before departing for Beijing 2022.

Once in Beijing Jackie proved to the competition she was the one to beat, as after two heats Jackie held a sizeable 0.21 second lead on the field.

Her third run was faster again, this time breaking the Yanqing National Sliding Centre track record.

Germany's Hannah Neise, who went on to win the gold, followed Jackie's third run by taking the newly minted track record.

A sliding hero before she stepped on to the track for her last run, Jackie's incredible driving of her sled resulted in another fast time. It put her in the gold medal position with only Neise left to finish and the enormity of the moment, a guaranteed gold or silver medal, meant Jackie was overcome with emotions.

The skeleton superstar took home a silver medal, Australia's first ever sliding sport medal at an Olympic Games. The medal became Australia's fourth at Beijing 2022, our greatest ever medal haul at an Olympic Winter Games.

Read More

Q&A

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
What do you like best about competing?
Advice to your younger self?
Who has been your most influential coach and why?
Who has been your biggest inspiration?