News Headlines     |     


Tuesday January 9, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Great Britain is aiming for its most successful Winter Olympics ever and has set a target of two medals for snowsports. NEW

A month to the day to the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea, the high-performance sport agency, UK Sport, has announced that it's targeting its biggest ever haul of medals at both the Olympics and the Winter Paralympics in March.

The goal is for Team GB athletes to pick up five medals next month, which would represent the team's best ever Winter Olympic performance, though the possible range is put at between four and 10.

The target for the Paralympics in March is at least seven medals, which would be the best result in 30 years and the best since National Lottery funding began in 1997.  The range is put at between six and 12.

The expectation is that two - or a maximum of three - of the five Olympic medals could come from the ski and snowboard teams.

Winter Olympics targetsWinter Olympics targets

There are multiple medal opportunities across park and pipe, cross country and alpine.

James Woods and Izzy Atkin won World Championships medals last year and the likes of Katie Ormerod, Katie Summerhayes, Dave Ryding and Andrew Musgrave have all had great starts to their seasons.

James Woods & Izzy AtkinWoodsy & Atkin, bronze medallists at the Freestyle World Championships




















More than £32 million of Lottery and government funding has been invested across eight winter sports in the Pyeongchang 2018 cycle.

This is more than double the investment of the Sochi cycle, which was just over £14 million.

The increased investment comes following a breakthrough performance at the Sochi Games in 2014.

GB's Olympians won four medals in Sochi to equal their greatest ever haul, and could yet be upgraded to five, with the four-man bob team expected to be awarded a bronze medal following the disqualification of two Russian teams.

The Sochi medals included a first on snow for Jenny Jones in the women's inaugural snowboard slopestyle event.

UK Sport targetsWinter Paralympics targets










The Paralympic team won six medals, including a first ever winter Paralympic gold medal in the Women's Super-G from alpine skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans.

Gallagher has not been selected to compete at Pyeongchang, though she still has a chance of gaining a place.

GB's Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are heading to PyeongChang 2018 with real confidence following a number of fantastic results.

Prospects away from the snow include:

  • Short Track Speed Skater Elise Christie, who became double world champion in Olympic events in 2017.
  • Figure skaters Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes have also qualified strongly to represent GB after a tremendous come ack following periods of serious and career threatening injury.
  • Reigning Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold won skeleton bronze at the 2017 World Championships and Laura Deas is performing well this season and as a sport have delivered consistently at the Games for the last four cycles.
  • Bobsleigh: the men's team have claimed two World Cup medals - a silver and bronze - in recent months. The women's team have also delivered, breaking into the top five on the world cup circuit to demonstrate their potential.
  • The women's curling team led by Eve Muirhead won bronze at the 2017 World Championships and recently took Gold at the European Championships, with the men claiming silver.

On the Paralympic side, GB's Para Alpine Skiing team are in great shape.

Millie Knight won four medals, including a gold in the downhill,  at the 2017 World Championships, while Menna Fitzpatrick claimed a bronze there and has started the 2018 season really well.

Millie Knight & Brett WildMillie Knight & guide Brett Wild, 2017 World Champions














Owen Pick and Ben Moore also won medals at the 2017 World Championships in Para Snowboard while GB's wheelchair curlers claimed a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships.

UK Sport Director of Performance Chelsea Warr said Pyeongchang 2018 had the potential to be the best Winter Games for GB to date.

"We know that our goals for any Games are always ambitious," she said.

"However, this is a particularly stretching target given the high risks, low margins for error across a range of events we have medal opportunities in, and in some events more unpredictable outdoor terrains that our athletes will need to skilfully navigate.

"Nevertheless, some fantastic work has gone on behind the scenes by all the teams working with our athletes to ensure they are the best prepared in the world".

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: No1 for ski news

Related Articles

SKIING IN CHINA ON THE RISE (Wednesday August 14, 2019)
NIB CRYSTAL SKI? (Thursday June 6, 2019)
KB (Monday March 25, 2019)
LEGACY CLAIMS BY BEIJING 2022 (Sunday February 24, 2019)
DECEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF (Saturday December 1, 2018)
ORMEROD 'GUTTED' TO MISS OLYMPICS (Saturday October 27, 2018)

With thanks to our main sponsors...

Platinum partners

Bronze partners