Three medal hopes for GB at the 2018 Winter Games

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Hopes are high that Great Britain can bring home a record medal haul when the Winter Games gets underway on Friday. 

GB have only ever won ten gold medals in the event’s history. But with 59 athletes making the journey to Pyeongchang in South Korea, we could be set for a record haul at this year’s games.

We’ve picked out three of our best medal hopes ahead of the start of competition…

Lizzy Yarnold

No woman has ever defended a gold in the women’s skeleton. So Lizzie Yarnold’s task is undoubtedly tough.

Yet the signs are good for Britain’s sole Sochi success. The 29-year-old finished a close fourth in the final Skeleton World Cup event of the season last month.

That was her best performance since the opening round in Lake Placid. The form suggests that Yarnold is returning to her peak just at the right time. And that can only bode well for GB’s medal hopes.

Elise Christie

Speed-skater Elise Christie was unlucky not to claim a maiden Winter Games medal in Sochi four years ago.

The 27-year-old was disqualified from all three disciplines – including the 500m final – due to varying offences. However, her form since then has been good.

She’s the current World Short Track Speed Skating Champion and also holds the world record over 500m. We go 9/4 that Christie overhauls 2/1 favourite Min Jeong.

Dave Ryding

Britain doesn’t tend to have much luck in alpine skiing events.

But that could be about to change in Pyeongchang thanks to 31-year-old Dave Ryding.

The Bretherton-born slalomer won Britain’s first World Cup medal in 36 years when finishing second in Austria last year.

His form since has been patchy but he remains a member of the world’s top-10 and will be looking to improve on previous finishes of 27th and 17th at the previous two Games.

This is an event that rarely goes the way of the favourite. And that will be music to the ears of the exciting Ryding.

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.