Team GB is bringing its biggest ever Winter Olympics team to Pyeongchang
Team GB is bringing its biggest ever Winter Olympics team to PyeongChang 2018.
59 athletes from Great Britain will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics next month after The British Olympic Association announced its largest-ever delegation today.
56 Olympians competed in the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Great Britain equalled its Winter Games record of four medals. In 2010, 52 British athletes travelled to Vancouver for the Winter Games.
The 2018 team comprises 34 men and 25 women, with 33 competing on ice and 26 on snow. The 59 will compete in 11 of the 15 available disciplines, including alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, short track speed skating, skeleton and snowboarding.
11 of the 59 athletes will compete in the freestyle skiing team, which includes the team’s youngest athlete 19-year-old Izzy Atkin.
The athletes include Sochi 2014 medallists Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton gold), Eve Muirhead (curling bronze), Anna Sloan (curling bronze), Vicki Adams (curling bronze), and Lauren Gray (curling bronze).
Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said: “With the team fully selected for PyeongChang 2018, I’m delighted to welcome all 59 athletes to Team GB. It’s a great milestone in our preparations for the Games to know our complete delegation travelling out to South Korea and the countdown is now firmly on for the Opening Ceremony on 9th February.
“Not only is this the largest team we’ve ever taken to a Winter Olympics but I feel it is also the most talented. Given results over the last two years at elite level, there is potential for success across a broader range of sports than ever before and I’m confident that with this group of athletes we can make history once again.”