Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics
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.
|Great Britain at the|
2014 Winter Olympics
|NOC||British Olympic Association|
|Competitors||56 in 10 sports|
|Flag bearer||Jon Eley (opening)|
Lizzy Yarnold (closing)
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|1906 Intercalated Games|
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, 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.
On 11 February Great Britain matched an Olympic scoreline record by beating USA 12–3 in women's curling. They also set a new Olympic record by scoring seven points in a single end. On 14 February they equalled the scoreline record again, this time beating Japan 12–3.
|Medals by date|
|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||1||1|
|Gold||Lizzy Yarnold||Skeleton||Women's||14 February|
|Curling||Men's curling||21 February|
|Bronze||Jenny Jones||Snowboarding||Women's slopestyle||9 February|
|Curling||Women's curling||20 February|
|Bobsleigh||Four Man||23 February|
|Medals by sport|
Medal and performance targetsEdit
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||N Target missed||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)||1|
|Figure skating||0||Top ten||0|
|Speed skating||0–1||2x top eight||0|
|Ski and snowboard||1–2||1|
UK Sport fundingEdit
In the Winter Olympic Cycle running from 2010 to 2014 the UK government body UK Sport allocated a then 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.
|Ski and snowboard||£1,509,950|
According to the quota allocation released on 27 January 2014, Great Britain qualified two athletes in alpine skiing.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|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|
|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|
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total|
|Two-man||57.54||=21||57.81||25||57.38||=18||Did not advance||2:52.73||23|
* – 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.
^α In November 2017, the Russian teams that finished 1st and 4th were disqualified by the IOC following the publication of the McLaren Report. This subsequently led to the teams in 2nd, 3rd and 5th being moved up into the medal positions. The IOC requested that the FIBT modify the results, and the medals were redistributed accordingly.
According to the quota allocation released on 30 December 2013, Great Britain had four athletes in qualification position.
|Andrew Musgrave||Men's 15 km classical||N/A||42:25.7||+3:56.0||44|
|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|
|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|
|Men's team sprint||N/A||DNF||Did not advance|
|Rosamund Musgrave||Women's sprint||2:43.31||42||Did not advance|
Final round robin standings
|Teams to playoffs|
|Teams to tiebreaker|
|Great Britain||David Murdoch||5||4||51||49||37||35||15||8||83%|
|United States||John Shuster||2||7||47||58||30||39||14||7||80%|
Great Britain had a bye in draws 4, 7 and 11.
|Great Britain (Murdoch)||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||2||6|
|Great Britain (Murdoch)||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||2||6|
|Great Britain (Murdoch)||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||X||X||3|
Final round robin standings
|Teams to playoffs|
|Great Britain||Eve Muirhead||5||4||74||58||39||35||9||11||80%|
|South Korea||Kim Ji-sun||3||6||60||65||35||37||10||6||79%|
|United States||Erika Brown||1||8||42||75||33||40||8||5||76%|
Great Britain has a bye in draws 2, 6 and 10.
|Great Britain (Muirhead)||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4|
- Bronze medal game
|Great Britain (Muirhead)||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||2||0||1||6|
On 11 December 2013 the British Olympic Association announced the figure skaters taking part in the Sochi 2014 Olympics:
|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|
|Matthew Parr (M)
Jenna McCorkell (L)
David King / Stacey Kemp (P)
Nick Buckland / Penny Coomes (I)
|8||10||Did not advance|
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.
|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 skatingEdit
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.
|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|
|Elise Christie||500 m||44.775||1 Q||43.402||2 Q||43.837||1 Q||PEN||8 [a]|
|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.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total|
|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|
Qualification Legend: QF – Qualify directly to final; QS – Qualify to semifinal
- Snowboard cross
|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
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