Team GB targeting best-ever medal haul

Ashley Wagner

Here's what the 'tree trunk' texture PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medals look like

UK Sport is targeting "at least" five medals at the Winter Olympics, with four to 10 representing the target range. The XXIII Games run from 9-25 February.

UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger recognised at a presentation on Tuesday that Britain, second in the medal table at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics with 27 golds, was not known as a winter nation. "That's what makes it so exciting, but also very nerve-wracking".

It follows the investing of more than £32 million (£43.2 million/€36.2 million) of National Lottery funding across eight winter sports over the last four years. Team GB won one medal at each of the 2006 and 2010 Games, both in skeleton.

Medals for the Paralympic games are similar to the Olympic design but with raised repeating patterns in the medal and braille lettering.

Also, following the decision of the International Olympic Committee, after the disqualification of Russian skiers, the bronze medal in the ski races at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will go to the Belarusian cross country skier Sergei Dolidovich.

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Short-track speed-skating has been given a target of one to two medals, based on the talents of Christie.

The six they won in Sochi was their highest total for 30 years and second most ever at a Games.

Meanwhile, the Olympic facilities in PyeongChang are already waiting for the athletes.

The target was announced here today alongside the launching of a UK Sport and Korean Cultural Centre UK photo exhibition titled "The Winter Wonders of Pyeongchang".

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