Team GB Dreams of Medals in Sochi 2014
Great Britain basked in the glory of a tremendously successful London 2012, winning a total of 65 medals, including 29 golds, as the nation was whipped into a supporting frenzy.
In a year’s time, Team GB’s snow and ice athletes could also be set for a record-breaking Winter Olympics.
Britain’s most successful Winter Games was in 1924 when they won four medals – gold in curling, silver in bobsleigh and bronze in figure skating and ice hockey.
But in Sochi, Russia, could this be the year that team GB rewrites the record books?
Elise Christie, short-track speed skater certainly thinks so. She is Britain’s first World Cup champion at 1,000m and has been on the podium in every race at that distance this season.
She’s not alone for a successful Olympics in Sochi, as Great Britain also boasts a world champion skeleton slider, Shelley Rudman who is a double World Cup gold medallist. Team GB also has X Games bronze medallist in freestyle skier James Woods and a number of other athletes with genuine podium potential.
Great Britain has never won an Olympic medal on snow, but that could be rectified in Sochi.
Slopestyle will be making its Winter Olympic debut and Britain just happens to have some incredibly talented freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
James Woods has claimed two historic World Cup titles in the past 12 months and added X Games bronze to his collection last month in Aspen, Colorado.
There are also hopes that snowboarding London Freeze winner Billy Morgan could come into contention, while experienced pair Jenny Jones and two-time Olympian Zoe Gillings will continue to push for finals places in elite events.
GB freestyle skiing head coach has boldly predicted they could win up to three medals, and the sport’s chief executive agrees there is strong potential in the team.
So fingers crossed things go our way in 2014.