With the winter Olympics in PyeongChang now just a week away, attentions are turning to who is likely to be successful in South Korea. Great Britain will be taking 59 athletes to the games who will be competing across 11 different disciplines, and whilst the winter Games does not see as many medals as the summer equivalent it still sees plenty of action.
Here at Champions Olympic Speakers we take a look at some of the athletes who could potentially star for Team GB this year:
A record number of skiers and snowboarders will be heading to PyeongChang for Team GB this February, with 25 athletes taking to the slopes. This number beats the previous record of 22 from the Cortina Games in 1956 with the team hoping that 2018 marks the first step in becoming one of the world’s most dominant countries in these sports.
One star who has high hopes of medalling at the Games is snowboarder Katie Ormerod. Taking part in the slopestyle and big air events, she won a bronze medal at the Games in Sochi which marked the country’s first ever snow medal. Katie has already shown her potential medalling at the X-Games and is now hoping that this year will provide her with the opportunity to secure her biggest achievement to date.
One athlete who knows all about how tough the Olympics can be is Elise Christie. A former World and European champion, Elise has competed at the Winter Games twice before but her last experience, at Sochi in 2014, was not an experience she wants to relive. Competing in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m speed skating disciplines, she was disqualified from all three after colliding with competitors.
However, this negative experience has not deterred her from her goal of winning an Olympic medal and she is fully focused at ensuring she does not see a repeat of 2014 in PyeongChang.
Lizzy Yarnold MBE made history in 2014, breaking records in the skeleton event to become only the tenth British Olympian to win a gold medal. In PyeongChang she will be vying to become the first ever British Winter Olympian to successfully defend her Olympic title.
Her victory in the skeleton event turned her into a national treasure winning several awards and capturing the imagination of the British public. 2014 was a fantastic year for Lizzy as she also claimed victory in the World Cup.
This is just a selection of Team GB athletes who look set to make an impact at the Winter Olympics 2018. To keep up to date with all the latest news from PyeongChang be sure to look at Champions Olympic Speakers for all the news.
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