Winter Olympics: Who could win Great Britain's record-breaking medal?

From BBC - February 18, 2018

Great Britain are just one medal away from reaching their greatest tally at a Winter Olympics.

UK Sport - which allocates funding for Olympic sports - predicted a total of between four and 10 medals, but set a target of at least five.

The funding for this Olympic and Paralympic cycle was in excess of 32m - more than double that for Sochi 2014.

After a slow start in Pyeongchang, Team GB have equalled their record of four - from Sochi, and Chamonix in 1924 - thanks to the efforts of skeleton sliders Lizzy Yarnold, Laura Deas and Dom Parsons, and slopestyle skier Izzy Atkin.

But who might take them to new heights?

First chance missed - James Woods

Woods came up agonisingly short of a medal in the ski slopestyle on Sunday, finishing in fourth - which GB chef de mission Mike Hay described as the "worst place you can be in an Olympic Games".

Dave Ryding (slalom skiing, Thursday 04:45-06:40 GMT)

In January 2017, Ryding matched Britain's best alpine World Cup result by finishing second in the Kitzbuhel slalom in Austria.

The 31-year-old Lancastrian has been a regular top-10 finisher over the past 12 months but will have to be at his best to compete with the likes of Olympic giant slalom champion Marcel Hirscher, silver medallist Henrik Kristoffersen, and world silver medallist Manuel Feller.

"If I win a medal the popularity of British skiing would explode", Ryding previously said.

Elise Christie (1,000m short-track speed skating final, Thursday 11:30-11:47 GMT)

Could this be one of the all-time great comeback stories?

Having been disqualified from all three of her events in Sochi, Britain's leading short-track speed skater has crashed out of her first two in Pyeongchang.

But this is Christie's favourite event.

A foot injury may yet rule the 27-year-old out of the 1,000m, but if she makes it to the start line she will be more determined than ever to win her first Olympic medal.

How big an achievement would it be?


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