GB set Sochi medal target

  • Last Updated: January 16 2014, 13:08 GMT

Funding body UK Sport have set the Great Britain Winter Olympic team a target of three to seven medals in Sochi next month.

  • Lizzy Yarnold: Team GB set medal target
  • Shelley Rudman: Will also be in the skeleton   

To hit that minimum target, Team GB would have to enjoy their best Winter Games since Garmisch in 1936, when they won ice hockey gold, a silver in women's figure skating and bronze in the four-man bobsleigh.

And if the team manage to come anywhere near to the top end of the spectrum they will shatter their all-time record which stands at four medals at the inaugural Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924 - curling gold, bobsleigh silver, and bronze medals in figure skating and ice hockey.

Here we take a look at where those seven medals could conceivably come from:

1 LIZZY YARNOLD Skeleton slider Yarnold has reached the podium in all six World Cup races so far this season, winning three of them, and is well placed to become the fourth consecutive British woman to win an Olympic skeleton medal after Amy Williams, Shelley Rudman and Alex Coomber.

2 SHELLEY RUDMAN Reigning world champion Rudman won silver in Turin in 2006 and has consistently pushed for medals on the World Cup circuit this season, culminating in a bronze behind Yarnold and American Noelle Pikus-Pace in St Moritz earlier this month.

3 JAMES WOODS The Sheffield ski slopestyle star is the reigning overall World Cup champion and since winning his maiden title in Argentina last year he has continued to emerge and become a permanent fixture around the top of the world rankings.

4 EVE MUIRHEAD Nerveless Muirhead skippered her women's curling team to the world title in Latvia last year with a final stone win reminiscent of Rhona Martin's famous 2002 gold medal win. Silver in last year's Europeans proved it was certainly no flash in the pan.

5 DAVID MURDOCH Murdoch is a two-time world champion but has endured two painful Games in Vancouver and Turin. With a bespoke team also including former world medallist Tom Brewster, Murdoch is well-placed to make it third time lucky.

6 KATIE SUMMERHAYES The 17-year-old Summerhayes soared into Olympic contention in 2013 when she claimed a silver medal in the slopestyle skiing World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland - just weeks after returning from a nine-month injury lay-off.

7 BILLY MORGAN The former circus acrobat from Southampton is one of the world's best in the new Olympic discipline of snowboard slopestyle and a bronze medal at last year's World Championships in Sierra Nevada proved he can live with the very best.


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