Brits Win Medals in Winter Olympics
Last updated: February 23, 2018 by Leon Marshal
The British team are closing in on the best ever medals haul in a Winter Olympics. With a total of 4 medals already in the bag, can the Brits get the 5th to make this the most successful winter games ever? The ladies curling team could be the one to provide this record breaking medal.
The Winter Olympics doesn’t seem to capture the imagination in the same way as the summer equivalent does. This is possibly due to Great Britain’s underachievement in previous competitions but even the harshest critic couldn’t deny the jaw-dropping entertainment that the Winter Olympics provide and with the Brits already matching the four medals we achieved in 1924 and 2014, this could be the year that we achieve more.
Four years ago, Lizzie Yarnold made the British public shine with pride as she claimed gold in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the skeleton event, fast forward four years and Lizzie repeated the feat and made history by becoming the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title.
The 29-year-old went into her fourth and final run trailing leader Janine Flock of Austria but the 29-year-old from Sevenoaks held her nerve and produced an amazing performance to win the event by 0.45 seconds. What makes the win so remarkable was that Yarnold was suffering from a virus and was close to pulling out of the whole competition.
Speaking after her remarkable victory, Yarnold revealed how close her withdrawal was, saying: “After the first run yesterday, I was almost at the point of pulling out, my chest infection was stopping me from breathing. I just tried to get the second run down and then fight another day today. If it wasn’t for my physio Louise Turner telling me to go down again, I’m not sure I would be here.”
She continued, “I was dizzy, I couldn’t breathe. I have no idea what happened. I’ve been ill for a week. It’s been a great week. We have the doctors, I have my physio Louise. Everyone is supporting me in helping people get here. Athletes are people too. Now I’m going to sleep for weeks. The emotions are gratitude to the whole team to get here, and relief, and exhaustion. And lots of crying.”
It wasn’t just Lizzie that was successful in the skeleton, team mate Laura Deas managed to secure a bronze by the finest margins. Being 0.02secs faster than the fourth placed competitor gave Britain two podium winners for the first time in Winter Olympics history.
Another first for Britain was teen Olympics sensation Izzy Atkin who became the first British athlete to win a medal on skis. The 19-year-old managed to overcome two poor runs to grasp third in the slopestyle event. In doing so she became the youngest athlete to win an Olympic skiing medal.
Atkin’s has a British-born father and was born in Boston, but not the Boston just on the outskirts of Lincoln, the Boston in question is in Massachusetts, America and she has dual nationality. British fans won’t care, she is one of our own.
Dom Parsons is the last of the fantastic four, Dom won the first medal of this year’s Winter Olympics for Great Britain, albeit by the finest of margins. Fierce competition saw ‘the Wizard’ cling on to the bronze medal spot by just 0.11 of a second.
Parson took up skeleton in 2007 and achieved two fourth-place finishes at the Junior World Championships in 2009 and 2010. He started competing at senior level in 2013.
The ladies curling team are many Olympic followers’ favourite to help Britain make this year’s winter Olympics the most successful ever in our history. Team GB’s women are through to the curling semi-finals after beating favourites for the gold, Canada 6-5.
In Friday’s match against Sweden, a victory will guarantee them at least a silver medal and even defeat would see them play against either South Korea or Japan for a bronze medal.