Ten potential stars of 2014

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 19:31 GMT

We take a look at 10 sporting people who could be making the headlines in 2014.

Kell Brook: On course to be a world champion
Kell Brook: On course to be a world champion

ROSS BARKLEY

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has urged caution over the prodigious midfielder but his warning is unlikely to be heeded. England are still looking for a replacement for Paul Gascoigne in the playmaking role - Martinez has even compared Barkley to Gazza - and expectation ahead of the World Cup is sure to be high. Can he deliver?

LIZZY YARNOLD

Yarnold is on track to become the fourth consecutive British woman to win an Olympic skeleton medal. The Kent slider started the new World Cup season in style with one win and a second place from the first two races, ensuring she will head to Sochi as one of Great Britain's leading medal hopes for the Games.

SAM BURGESS

England's rugby league team were 21 seconds from making the World Cup final, thanks largely to a super-human effort from Burgess. Already a star in Australia where he is a stand-out for South Sydney, he could well end up captaining England Down Under in the Four Nations.

SARA TAKANASHI

The Japanese 17-year-old is set for a titanic showdown with world number one Sarah Hendrickson as women's ski-jumping makes its long-overdue Olympic debut in Sochi. Takanashi has won nine World Cup events - her first when she was just 15 - and was narrowly pipped by her American rival at this year's World Championships in Italy.

JESS VARNISH

Suffered London 2012 disappointment in the team sprint when disqualified alongside Victoria Pendleton. Now diversifying and eyeing world and Commonwealth titles on the track in 2014.

GEORGE GROVES

Groves pushed Carl Froch to the brink in their super-middleweight title fight in November, with some considering he had been robbed of the belts by a bad refereeing decision. Further chances are to come his way, though, and with a rematch mooted for 2014, Groves could find himself ruling the world next year.

KELL BROOK

Much like Groves, Brook has been on the brink of the big time for a while. He has yet to fight for a world belt but next year will surely be the time. Injury has kept him back so far but he appears fully fit now. An all-British showdown with Amir Khan is not out of the question either.

USAIN BOLT

Bolt is already a star, of course, but his dominance is unlikely to come to a halt in 2014. He has yet to confirm if he will run at the Commonwealth Games but if he does, more medals surely await.

ANDY MURRAY

Like Bolt, Murray is established in super-stardom and even more so after ending Britain's 77-year drought of male Wimbledon champions. The year ended in rehab after injury, though, so he is likely to be set for a big 2014. The Scot will not be willing to settle for two grand slams and now knowing he has the beating of Novak Djokovic when it matters, more crowns could follow.

PETER KENNAUGH

The London 2012 team pursuit gold medallist was a key member of Chris Froome's support squad for Team Sky at the 2013 Tour de France and will be again in 2014, while he will also hope to help Mark Cavendish to Commonwealth Games road race glory in Isle of Man colours.


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