Britain's Paralympians look ahead to Winter Olympics

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

UK Sport has challenged Great Britain to claim their biggest medal haul in Winter Olympics history at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games next month.

Short-track speedskating star Elise Christie and her team-mates have been given a target of one-to-two medals.

GB Bobsleigh performance director Chris Price said: "The last few days have been worrying for all who know and care for Bruce but we are naturally delighted that he is on course to make a full recovery".

A senior official with the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) said on January 12 that the two sides had "submitted a joint proposal to the IOC to form a unified women's ice hockey team".

Tasker added: "I'm gutted not to be able to conclude the four-year cycle by going to the Olympics but I'm very grateful that I'm still fit and healthy".

On the face of it, these targets are ambitious given their best return was previously four (this could be increased to five for the four-man bobsleigh following the suspension of three Russian athletes) in Sochi.

Britain is not renowned as a winter sports nation. Eighth place in Pyeongchang would seriously undermine any attempt to do so with elite funding body UK Sport, which issues grants based on future medal prospects that take into account previous results.

On the walls of the Korean Culture Centre were images from Games past.

"These potential bidding cities don't just see value in hosting the Olympics, they believe that they will gain by being in the race, and the International Olympic Committee needs to partner with them and empower them to realise a full potential", Safioleas added. The unpredictable weather was mentioned, so too injuries.

Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai is officially on the PyeongChang Olympic team, set to become the first person to compete in eight Winter Olympics, according to Japanese media. Constantly hovering over the Games is the spectre of doping.

The South has also offered to combine with the North for the opening and closing ceremonies, with the two countries marching together under a unified flag.

North Korea's participation has a special significance because it was announced amid icy inter-Korean relations.

As with all delegations, North Korea deserves to be treated well.

"From the planning side of things, hopefully as we've been over nine or 10 times, we have got that under control".

"The Games are in good shape but the road to finding hosts is a work in progress and they are fixing it but it isn't yet fixed".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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