The Winter Olympics. Not the event you associate with British sporting success, but UK Sport are predicting there could be a record 7 medals, beating 1924’s haul of 4 medals, in Chamonix. Team GBs best chance at a medal is in the Skeleton, in which we have World Cup leader Lizzy Yarnold, and World Champion Shelly Rudman both fighting for medals. Britain also have a chance of gold in the new Olympic sport Slopestyle in which Sheffield’s James Woods is a real challenger for Gold.

Elsewhere, Elise Christie has hopes of a medal in the women’s speed skating event, Bobsleigh teams led by John Jackson and Paula Walker are also competing for a medal, and the women’s curling team led by Eve Muirhead.

The main challengers to top the medal table include Norway, USA, Germany, Canada and Russia who are all expecting to win more than 25 medals. Despite Russia only being predicted 6 gold medals, the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics organizer Gerard Heiberg said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal “The Russians have mobilized so much that they will be hard to beat on home ground”. And this coming from a Norwegian who expect to top the medal table with 13 gold’s.

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