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British Winter Olympic medal hopes

Uk Sport, which funds Olympic sport in Britain, has announced a target of 3 medals to be won by TeamGB in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The current British record for a single Games is four, which was during the first ever winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. It’s not been a great year for British snowsports in terms of the problems they’ve had to face as regards funding and the near bankruptcy of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation. However, we still have some good ski and snowboard competitors, along with some real medal hopes in other disciplines. Here’s our take on who’s in with a chance of contributing to the 3 medal target.
British Winter Olympic medal hopes Chemmy Alcott, Britain’s top female skier, has made no secret of her ambition to be the first British woman to bring home a Olympic medal in Alpine Skiing. Speaking to Eurosport she said “I don't just want to break into the top ten - I do believe I've got the talent to challenge for a medal, and a gold one would be fantastic.” So how good are her chances? Most agree it’s an outside chance, with bets being placed on like likes of Lindsey Vonn (USA) and Maria Riesch (Germany) for the podium positions.

British Winter Olympic medal hopes Zoe Gillings (snowboard cross), who finished last season ranked fifth in the world and was placed in the top four in half of this year’s World Cup competitions carries our best chance of a snowboarding medal. She competed in Turin in 2006, finishing 15th, but had only just returned from a serious foot injury. This may be her year, although she is still up against some stiff competition.

Scottish born Ben Kilner will be representing Britain in the half-pipe. He may not quite be ready to knock Shaun White off the podium, but is certainly one to watch for the future. Making good progression this year, the 21 year old recently landed his first double cork, the "gold-essential" trick, although sensibly
won’t be attempting this in Vancouver (a failed attempt at the trick recently left US snowboard star Kevin Pierce in a coma). Read the ifyouski interview with Ben Kilner here.
Ice Skating
British Winter Olympic medal hopes British figure skating has slipped out of the limelight since the retirement of champions Torvil and Dean. However, this year’s Winter Olympics sees two bright new starlets ready to take on the ice rink. Scottish siblings Sinead and John Kerr have upped the ante this year with two top-three finishes in ISU Grand Prix meetings, finishing fourth, just two points off a podium place, at the Grand Prix final in Japan. Whether or not they’re in with a real chance of bringing a medal home remains unsure, although a continued attention to detail could see them bagging bronze.
British Winter Olympic medal hopes Skeleton is where team GB is really expecting to shine this winter. Shelley Rudman, Britain’s sole medallist in the 2006 Games when she brought home silver, is back and on top form. Joining her is Kristan Bromley, who, along with Rudman, has already had a podium finish this season, along with Amy Williams and Adam Pengilly, both of whom won medals at last year’s championships. The chance of winning a medal here is very strong with all bets on Rudman coming away with silver, or maybe even gold…
Women's Bobsleigh
British Winter Olympic medal hopes There were high hopes for Nicolo Minichiello and Gillian Cooke after they won gold in the World Championships in Lake Placid last February. They’ve not managed to match that yet so far this season with a series of 7th/8th place finishes, and there is also concern over Minichiello’s eyesight after an injury left her with blurred vision. However, they are still in with a very good chance of bringing a medal home.
Men's Curling
British Winter Olympic medal hopes TeamGB’s men’s curling team will essentially be the same as the Scottish men’s team, who are the current world champions. David Murdoch will be leading the team and is determined to bring home a medal. The past two Winter Olympics saw the team leave empty handed and disappointed. This year they are all on top form and will hopefully be contributing to the three medal target.