Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Great Britain at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United Kingdom
IOC code  GBR
NOC British Olympic Association
Website www.olympics.org.uk
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Competitors 56 in 10 sports
Flag bearer Jon Eley (opening)[1][2]
Lizzy Yarnold (closing)[3]
Medals
Rank: 19
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
2
Total
4
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Great Britain, represented by the British Olympic Association (BOA), competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, from 7 to 23 February 2014. The British team was made up of athletes from the whole United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, whose athletes may have elected to hold Irish citizenship, allowing them to represent either Great Britain or Ireland. Additionally some British overseas territories competed separately from Britain in Olympic competition. A total of 56 athletes competed in 11 sports making it the biggest contingent that Great Britain had sent to a Winter Olympic Games for twenty-six years.

On 9 February 2014, Jenny Jones won Great Britain's first medal on snow in their Winter Olympic history after finishing third in the women's slopestyle.[4]

On 14 February 2014, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in the skeleton. She became the second Briton to win the gold in the event, taking the title from previous Great Britain champion Amy Williams, as well as only the tenth Briton, or British team, to have won Winter Olympic gold. She was elected to be the flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

On 20 February 2014, the women's curling team won their bronze medal match against Switzerland 6–5. In doing so, they ensured that Great Britain met its UK Sport medal target of three medals from the Games.

On 19 February 2014, the men's curling team won their semifinal against Sweden 6–5 and on 21 February 2014, they won the silver medal after being defeated by Canada in the gold medal match 9–3, but the result still confirmed Great Britain's most successful Olympics for ninety years by equaling the medal count of the 1924 Winter Olympics.

Records[edit]

Olympic records[edit]

On 11 February Great Britain matched an Olympic scoreline record by beating USA 12–3 in women's curling.[5] They also set a new Olympic record by scoring seven points in a single end.[6] On 14 February they equalled the scoreline record again, this time beating Japan 12–3.[7]

Medalists[edit]

Medals by date
Day Date 1 2 3 Total
Day 1 8 February 0 0 0 0
Day 2 9 February 0 0 1 1
Day 3 10 February 0 0 0 0
Day 4 11 February 0 0 0 0
Day 5 12 February 0 0 0 0
Day 6 13 February 0 0 0 0
Day 7 14 February 1 0 0 1
Day 8 15 February 0 0 0 0
Day 9 16 February 0 0 0 0
Day 10 17 February 0 0 0 0
Day 11 18 February 0 0 0 0
Day 12 19 February 0 0 0 0
Day 13 20 February 0 0 1 1
Day 14 21 February 0 1 0 1
Day 15 22 February 0 0 0 0
Day 16 23 February 0 0 0 0
Total 1 1 2 4
Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Lizzy Yarnold Skeleton Women's 14 February
 Silver David Murdoch
Greg Drummond
Scott Andrews
Michael Goodfellow
Tom Brewster
Curling Men's curling 21 February
 Bronze Jenny Jones Snowboarding Women's slopestyle 9 February
 Bronze Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton
Lauren Gray
Curling Women's curling 20 February
Medals by sport
Sport 1 2 3 Total
Skeleton 1 0 0 1
Curling 0 1 1 2
Snowboarding 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 2 4

Medal and performance targets[edit]

On 16 January 2014, the funding body UK Sport announced their medal targets for Team GB at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi with the target to win three medals with the best chance of success with the ladies skeleton events. Although the target was set at three medals the funding body predicted that Great Britain had the potential to win as many as seven medals, although this total was not widely expected to be reached. Other realistic chances of medal success were with the bobsleigh and curling events.

The games proved to be highly successful for Team GB, exceeding the initial target of three medals and achieving all of the targets for each of the winter sports that were set.

Key Red XN Target missed Green tickY Target met
Sport Medal target set Non medal target Medals or result Performance relative to target range
Bobsleigh 0–1 4th–6th (m), 4th–8th (w) 0 Green tickY
Curling 1–2 2 Green tickY
Figure skating 0 Top ten 0 Green tickY
Skeleton 1 1 Green tickY
Speed skating 0–1 2x top eight 0 Green tickY
Ski and snowboard 1–2 1 Green tickY
Total 3–7 n/a 4 Green tickY
Total gold n/a n/a 1 n/a

UK Sport funding[edit]

In the Winter Olympic Cycle running from 2010 to 2014 the UK government body UK Sport allocated a record budget of over £13 million to fund Team GB for the individual athletes as well as the bobsleigh and curling teams for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The sports receiving the highest funding were bobsleigh, curling and skeleton, whilst speed skating, ski and snowboard, and figure skating also received funding, but all other winter sports where British athletes were competing did not receive any funding from the body.

Sport Funding
Bobsleigh £3,304,250
Curling £2,055,100
Figure skating £174,338
Speed skating £2,593,400
Skeleton £3,447,600
Ski and snowboard £1,509,950
Total £13,444,638

Alpine skiing[edit]

According to the quota allocation released on 27 January 2014, Great Britain qualified two athletes in alpine skiing.[8]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
David Ryding Men's slalom 49.40 27 56.51 18 1:45.91 18
Chemmy Alcott Women's downhill N/A 1:43.43 19
Women's super-G N/A 1:29.14 23
Women's combined 1:44.83 16 DNF

Biathlon[edit]

Based on their performance at the 2012 and 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Great Britain qualified 1 man and 1 woman.[9]

Athlete Event Time Misses Rank
Lee-Steve Jackson Men's sprint 27:07.5 1 (0+1) 67
Men's individual 54:11.3 1 (0+0+0+1) 42
Amanda Lightfoot Women's sprint 24:48.9 3 (2+1) 75
Women's individual 54:38.1 5 (1+2+1+1) 71

Bobsleigh[edit]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
John Baines**
Lamin Deen*
Two-man 57.54 =21 57.81 25 57.38 =18 Did not advance 2:52.73 23
Stuart Benson
Joel Fearon
John James Jackson*
Bruce Tasker
Four-man 55.26 10 55.27 2 55.31 5 55.26 2 3:41.10 5
John Baines
Lamin Deen*
Andrew Matthews***
Ben Simons
55.91 19 55.60 16 56.06 =19 55.95 20 3:43.52 19
Paula Walker*
Rebekah Wilson
Two-woman 58.36 12 58.40 10 58.88 14 58.60 10 3:54.24 12

* – Denotes the driver of each sled
** – John Baines replaced original selection Craig Pickering who withdrew during the Games with a back injury.
*** – Andrew Matthews replaced original selection Craig Pickering who withdrew during the Games with a back injury.[10]

Cross-country skiing[edit]

According to the quota allocation released on 30 December 2013, Great Britain had four athletes in qualification position.[8]

Distance
Athlete Event Classical Freestyle Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Deficit Rank
Andrew Musgrave Men's 15 km classical N/A 42:25.7 +3:56.0 44
Callum Smith N/A 44:14.7 +5:45.0 67
Andrew Young N/A 41:29.6 +2:59.9 37
Callum Smith Men's 30 km skiathlon 39:57.4 59 37:02.5 64 1:17:37.1 +9:21.7 62
Andrew Musgrave Men's 50 km freestyle N/A 1:57:08.9 +10:13.7 53
Rosamund Musgrave Women's 10 km classical N/A 36:18.5 +8:00.7 66
Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Andrew Musgrave Men's sprint 3:37.75 27 Q 3:48.69 6 Did not advance
Callum Smith 3:50.13 62 Did not advance
Andrew Young 3:40.68 42 Did not advance
Andrew Musgrave
Andrew Young
Men's team sprint N/A DNF Did not advance
Rosamund Musgrave Women's sprint 2:43.31 42 Did not advance

Curling[edit]

Based on results from 2012 and the 2013, Great Britain has qualified their men's and women's team (consisting of five athletes) as one of the seven highest ranked nations.

Men's tournament[edit]

Team
Position Curler
Skip David Murdoch
Third Greg Drummond
Second Scott Andrews
Lead Michael Goodfellow
Alternate Tom Brewster

Standings[edit]

Final round robin standings

Key
Teams to playoffs
Teams to tiebreaker
Country
Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot %
Sweden Niklas Edin 8 1 60 44 38 30 18 8 86%
Canada Brad Jacobs 7 2 69 53 39 36 14 7 84%
China Liu Rui 7 2 67 50 41 37 11 5 85%
Norway Thomas Ulsrud 5 4 52 53 36 33 18 5 86%
Great Britain David Murdoch 5 4 51 49 37 35 15 8 83%
Denmark Rasmus Stjerne 4 5 54 61 32 37 17 4 81%
Russia Andrey Drozdov 3 6 58 70 36 38 13 7 77%
Switzerland Sven Michel 3 6 47 46 31 34 22 7 83%
United States John Shuster 2 7 47 58 30 39 14 7 80%
Germany John Jahr 1 8 53 74 38 39 10 9 76%


Round-robin[edit]

Great Britain had a bye in draws 4, 7 and 11.

Tiebreaker[edit]

Sheet v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Norway (Ulsrud) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5
Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 6

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinal
Sheet v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Sweden (Edin) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 5
Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 6
Final
Sheet v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 X X 3
Canada (Jacobs) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 X X 9

Women's tournament[edit]

Team
British women's curling team
Position Curler
Skip Eve Muirhead
Third Anna Sloan
Second Vicki Adams
Lead Claire Hamilton
Alternate Lauren Gray

Standings[edit]

Final round robin standings

Key
Teams to playoffs
Country
Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot %
Canada Jennifer Jones 9 0 72 40 43 27 12 14 86%
Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson 7 2 58 52 37 35 13 7 80%
Switzerland Mirjam Ott 5 4 63 60 37 38 13 7 78%
Great Britain Eve Muirhead 5 4 74 58 39 35 9 11 80%
Japan Ayumi Ogasawara 4 5 59 67 39 41 4 10 76%
Denmark Lene Nielsen 4 5 57 56 34 40 12 9 78%
China Wang Bingyu 4 5 58 62 36 38 10 4 81%
South Korea Kim Ji-sun 3 6 60 65 35 37 10 6 79%
Russia Anna Sidorova 3 6 48 56 33 35 19 6 82%
United States Erika Brown 1 8 42 75 33 40 8 5 76%


Round-robin[edit]

Great Britain has a bye in draws 2, 6 and 10.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinal
Sheet v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Canada (Jones) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 6
Great Britain (Muirhead) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
Bronze medal game
Sheet v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Great Britain (Muirhead) 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 6
Switzerland (Ott) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 5

Figure skating[edit]

On 11 December 2013 the British Olympic Association announced the figure skaters taking part in the Sochi 2014 Olympics:[11]

Athlete Event SP/OD FS/FD Total
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jenna McCorkell Ladies' singles 48.34 25 Did not advance
Stacey Kemp / David King Pairs 44.98 19 Did not advance
Nick Buckland / Penny Coomes Ice dancing 59.33 11 Q 91.78 9 151.11 10
Team trophy
Athlete Event Short program/Short dance Free skate/Free dance
Men's Ladies' Pairs Ice dance Total Men's Ladies' Pairs Ice dance Total
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points Rank Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points Rank
Matthew Parr (M)
Jenna McCorkell (L)
David King / Stacey Kemp (P)
Nick Buckland / Penny Coomes (I)
Team trophy 57.40
2
50.09
1
44.70
1
52.93
4
8 10 Did not advance

Freestyle skiing[edit]

After suffering injuries and a loss of consciousness as a result of an accident during training on 17 February, it was decided that Rowan Cheshire would not compete in the women's halfpipe event, which began just three days later.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank
Murray Buchan Men's halfpipe 58.40 62.40 62.40 17 Did not advance
James Machon 37.40 52.20 52.20 23 Did not advance
James Woods Men's slopestyle 87.20 40.00 87.20 3 Q 86.60 78.40 86.60 5
Rowan Cheshire Women's halfpipe Withdrew due to injury
Emma Lonsdale 53.80 53.20 53.80 18 Did not advance
Katie Summerhayes Women's slopestyle 81.40 84.00 84.00 3 Q 19.40 70.60 70.60 7

Short track speed skating[edit]

Based on their performance at the two World Cup events in November 2013, Great Britain qualified 3 men and 2 women.

The team for GB was named on 16 December 2013.[12]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jon Eley 500 m 41.554 2 Q 41.337 2 Q 41.411 4 FB 41.870 7
1000 m 1:25.748 4 Did not advance 25
Richard Shoebridge 1000 m 1:27.806 4 Did not advance 27
Jack Whelbourne 500 m 42.513 4 Did not advance 27
1000 m 1:26.086 3 Did not advance 21
1500 m 2:14.091 1 Q N/A 2:14.635 2 Q DNF 7
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Elise Christie 500 m 44.775 1 Q 43.402 2 Q 43.837 1 Q PEN 8*
1000 m 1:30.588 1 Q 1:30.606 1 Q PEN Did not advance 7
1500 m DNF N/A Did not advance
Charlotte Gilmartin 500 m 44.440 2 Q 44.479 4 Did not advance 16
1500 m 2:27.935 5 N/A Did not advance 28

Qualification legend: ADV – Advanced due to being impeded by another skater; FA – Qualify to medal round; FB – Qualify to consolation round

  • Elise Christie finished 2nd in the final, but was disqualified after colliding with fellow competitors, the disqualification led her to finishing 8th in the 500 m.

Skeleton[edit]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kristan Bromley Men's 57.24 10 57.02 =9 57.17 12 56.74 =7 3:48.17 8
Dominic Parsons 57.23 9 57.17 15 57.00 9 56.96 =10 3:48.36 10
Shelley Rudman Women's 59.46 12 59.33 12 58.82 17 58.86 19 3:56.47 16
Lizzy Yarnold 58.43 1 58.46 1 57.91 1 58.09 1 3:52.89 1

Snowboarding[edit]

Freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank
Dom Harington Men's halfpipe 12.75 37.25 37.25 20 Did not advance
Ben Kilner 43.50 16.25 43.50 16 Did not advance
Billy Morgan Men's slopestyle 76.25 85.50 85.50 6 QS 90.75 35.50 90.75 1 QF 38.00 39.75 39.75 10
Jamie Nicholls 62.25 86.75 86.75 4 QF Bye 85.50 46.50 85.50 6
Aimee Fuller Women's slopestyle 44.50 39.00 44.50 10 QS 33.75 37.50 37.50 9 Did not advance
Jenny Jones 74.25 21.75 74.25 5 QS 82.25 83.25 83.25 3 QF 73.00 87.25 87.25 3

Qualification Legend: QF – Qualify directly to final; QS – Qualify to semifinal

Snowboard cross
Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Position Position Position Rank
Zoe Gillings Women's snowboard cross 1:23.78 14 3 Q 4 FB 3 9

Qualification legend: FA – Qualify to medal final; FB – Qualify to consolation final

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Nick (6 February 2014). "Speed skater Eley named flagbearer for Team GB at Sochi 2014". Insidethegames (Sochi, Russia). Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony – Flagbearers". http://www.olympic.org/. Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony - Flagbearers". The International Olympic Committee (IOC). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sochi 2014: Jenny Jones wins historic British slopestyle bronze". Sport Winter Olympics (BBC). 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Great Britain Demolished The U.S. With An Olympic Curling Record". Deadspin.com. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Winter Olympics. "Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: British curlers set record in runaway win over US". Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sochi 2014: GB curlers match Olympic record again". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Summary of Quota allocation as per 20.01.2014". www.fis-ski.com. FIS. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 Winter Olympics Biathlon NOC quota". Real Biathlon. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Winter Olympics: Team GB name Andrew Matthews in bobsleigh team". skysports.com. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Icing on Cake as Six Figure Skaters Join". Team GB. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Five Short Track Skaters Confirmed to Speed to Sochi 2014". Team GB. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 

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