Many of us here at Dusted are avid skiers, so this year’s Winter Olympics at PyeongChang has us excited. Team GB has more athletes attending than ever before, with 25 Brits in South Korea right now preparing to compete for us.
Sadly, we weren’t invited – even Rose who, despite going skiing for the first time in December, shall not be competing in the skeleton – but that doesn’t mean we won’t be supporting!
This could be the best year yet for Team GB, who were able to match their best ever result of four medals at Sochi 2014. Data analysts have predicted the final medal table, and so far it’s looking like we could be taking home five medals this year. We’ve put together a list of athletes we think you should keep your eye on to witness some of those medals being earned.
Elise Christie – Short Track Speed Skating
BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender Elise Christie could be the first British athlete to win multiple medals at a single Winter Games. She has recently shown she has what it takes when she won three gold medals and a bronze at the 2017 World Championships. However, she faces stiff opposition, particularly from South Korea, whose national sport is short track speed skating.
Lizzy Yarnold – Skeleton Run
Lizzy could be the first GB athlete to successfully retain the title of gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, having taken the gold at Sochi four years ago. Sadly, the aforementioned data analysts made no mention of a gold medal in their predictions for Team GB, but that’s not going to put us down. She’s being joined by Laura Deas, and together they are a formidable team for the competition to best.
James Woods and Isabel Atkin – Freestyle Skiing
James Woods has already shown confidence, apparently planning tricks ‘nobody has done before’ for this event. With two gold medals in 2015 – one for the New Zealand Winter Games and one for New Zealand Freeski Open – he’s proven he is capable. He was injured for Sochi 2014, so will be looking to prove himself.
Isabel Atkin from British Ski and Snowboard (one of Dusted’s clients) will be joining James. She has an impressive record herself, having recently taken first place at the Slopestyle World Cup 2017. Between the two of them, they stand an excellent chance of winning Britain’s first ever medal on skis.
Katie Ormerod and Billy Morgan – Snowboarding
Katie Ormerod, also of British Ski and Snowboard (BSS), won the FIS Big Air World Cup title in 2017, so expect interesting things from her. She also successfully landed the world’s first female double cork 1080°, which is even more difficult than it sounds.
Billy Morgan also set a world’s first as the first person to successfully land a Quadruple Cork. He came 10th in the Sochi 2014 slopestyle event, but the inclusion of Big Air at PyeongChang 2018 will give both him and Katie a competitive edge.
Eve Muirhead and the British Curling Team
The British curling team are another to look out for, with Eve Muirhead selected as skip. Eve has several gold medals from World and European championships, as well as a bronze won at Sochi 2014. She and the team will be looking to top their last Olympic result, so this event – popular for its tension and slow-build excitement – shouldn’t be one to miss.
Those are our top picks for what to look out for this year, but we’re pretty sure that the whole event is going to be exhilarating. All of us at Dusted want to wish the very best of luck to all the British athletes competing in the name of Queen and country.
Picture credit: Katie Ormerod