Published on January 14, 2014 | by George Preece

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Winter Olympics: five British medal hopefuls

Banner of the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 (Image courtesy of Flickr: rapidtravelchai)

With the winter Olympics only a few weeks away, Great Britain’s athletes are preparing themselves for potentially the biggest event of their careers so far. Hopes of a record medal tally look realistic with an emergence of new talent. So here are Arts London News’ medal hopefuls for Sochi 2014.

James Woods – slopestyle skier:

The 21 year-old finished last season as the number one ranked slopestyle skier in the world and also took home silver at the World Championships in the slopestyle category.

This was the first time Britain had won a freestyle skiing medal for 20 years.

Developing his skills from a skateboarding background in his home town of Sheffield, Woods burst onto the winter sports scene when he won bronze in the European Winter X Games in 2011.

Elise Christie – Short Track Speed Skating:

After an unsuccessful 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Scottish-born Elise Christie is a serious contender at Sochi following a couple of outstanding years on the ice.

A change in her technique which sees her use a front-foot approach has bought a heap of success.

In 2013 she became the first British woman to win a medal at the World Championships following her bronze in the short track over 1000m.

She is also he reigning European champion over 1000m and 1500m.

Shelley Rudman – Skeleton:

 The 2006 Winter Olympic silver medalist was left  disappointed in 2010 when she could only manage sixth place, however she will be hoping for an improved finish in Sochi.

The two-time European champion is also the current World champion following her victory in St. Moritz in 2013.

Other honours include winning the World Cup title in 2011-2012.

Eve Muirhead – Curling:

The Scot is coached by former Winter Olympic gold medalist Rhona Martin and has already led the British woman’s curling team in Vancouver at the age of 19, where they finished seventh.

During 2012 she considered quitting the sport after her funding was halved, however a year later she won the World Championships in Riga. She also won European gold in 2011.

Jenny Jones – Slopestyle Snowboarding:

Surprisingly enough this will be Jones’ first Winter Olympic games, however she has been a household name for British Snowboarding for the last decade.

A World X Games gold in 2009 was followed up by an X Games double in 2010; winning gold in both the World and European events for the Slopestyle.

Jones is currently fourth in the world rankings after winning her first podium in World Cup events; a silver in New Zealand.

 

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