Michelle Steele shocked the Skeleton world with her first outing at the highest level of the sport. Making her World Cup debut in Calgary in November 2005, she slid to a remarkable sixth place, after just 13 weeks of experience on the ice. Steele 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 history at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games as Australia's first female Skeleton athlete. She finished 13th.
A year later Steele made history again as the first Australian to win a World Cup Skeleton medal, with a silver in Nagano in 2007.
The Bundaberg athlete who came from Surf Lifesaving, missed selection for the Vancouver 2010 Games but showed her determination and resolve in order to be selected for her second Olympic Team in 2014. In Sochi which she declared would be her last Games, Steele was hoping for top-10 finish but was just off the pace, finishing equal 14th.