Britons hit the ice
12th December, 2017
Whilst Britain itself falls behind the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites when it comes to experiencing extreme snow and ice, its natives have certainly punched above their weight when it comes to excelling at winter sports.
The haul of medals collected from recent Winter Olympics is admirable considering the lack of facilities in this country.
Ice skating champions
In the modern era it all started when John Curry won the Men’s Figure Skating crown at the 1976 Innsbruck Games and was quickly followed by Robin Cousins in 1980 who repeated the feat at the Lake Placid Olympics.
And then it was the turn of ice dancers Torvill and Dean who achieved gold at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo with a never-seen-before perfect 6.0 score from every judge for their ‘Bolero’ routine.
Skeleton on ice
More recently Britain’s women have achieved great success on the hard ice of the skeleton run. It started in 2002 when Alex Coomber won bronze at Salt Lake City followed by Shelley Rudman who won silver in 2006 at Turin. Then in 2010 Amy Williams won gold in Vancouver and four years later in Sochi Lizzy Yarnold won gold too.
Ice Briton to watch at 2018 Games
Looking forward to the next Olympics, Britons has a number of stars on ice to look out for. Perhaps the one with the best gold medal chance is speed skater Ellie Christie. She had a tough 2014 Olympics being disqualified from three events and ending up without a medal but she is determined to return from the next Games successful. She was named The Times’ Sportswoman of the Year in 2017 after becoming a triple world champion in March.
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