Team GB expected to deliver record medal haul at Winter Olympics

The funding agency which distributes money to elite Olympic and Paralympic sport, is seeking at least five medals, with a range of four to ten medals, in South Korea.

Tasker has been ruled out of competing in the Games after suffering a minor stroke last Thursday, but is expected to make a full recovery.

British competitors claimed a record-equalling four medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi four years ago, when Lizzy Yarnold starred with gold in the skeleton bob. However, this is a particularly stretching target given the high risks, low margins for error across a range of events we have medal opportunities in, and in some events more unpredictable outdoor terrains that our athletes will need to skilfully navigate.

Britain is not renowned as a winter sports nation.

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The other UK Sport targets are two-to-three medals in skiing and snowboarding, one-to-two in curling, one in bobsleigh and a minimum top-eight finish in figure skating.

Another milestone in the delivery of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics and Paralympics is reached when the Main Press Center opens this week.

Britain's potential medallists include short-track speed skater Elise Christie, who became double world champion in Olympic events in 2017.

And the International Olympic Committee has indicated its desire to re-award the medals in PyeongChang provided the sanctions are upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport later this month. South Korea ambassador Joonkook Hwang welcomed the likely participation of neighbours North Korea.

  • Tabitha Byrd