Record medal tally for Team GB at Winter Olympics
With the Winter Olympics coming to a close we look back at the games in South Korea that had its ups and downs for Team GB.
Coming into the games with its biggest ever team of 59 athletes, Great Britain were expecting to have one of their most successful Winter games, however the first week Team GB came through with zero medals as the rest of the country was waiting to see if we would get a medal at this years games.
One of the Team’s main hopes of winning an Olympic medal was Short track skater, Elise Christie. Elise was determined to win medals after being disqualified during her races back in 2014 at Sochi. Once again this year she would walk away without a medal having firstly crashing in the 500 meter final to finish 4th and also crashing in the 1500 meter semi-final for which she got disqualified for and then going on to also crash in the 1000 meter heats and being carried on a stretcher afterwards. It was later decided she would also be disqualified from the event. She is hoping to make a return to games in 2022 in Beijing.
In the end Team GB broke through and Skelton athlete ‘Dom Parsons’ would clinch GB’s first medal of the games with a Bronze. Fans wouldn’t have to wait too long for their next medal, with 3 more medals coming in on the same day 2 days later after Parsons Bronze. In the Women’s Skelton Lizzy Yarnold would take Team GB’s only Gold of the games with Laura Dea’s also making the podium in the Skelton with a Bronze. Meanwhile in the Women’s Ski slopestyle final, Isabel Atkin would take bronze.
We would then have to wait until the following Saturday until GB got its final medal of the games, and it came in the shape of Billy Morgan in the Snowboarding Men’s big air final.
One of Great Britain’s last hopes of winning a medal came down to the women’s curling team, who won a bronze medal last time round in Sochi. Sadly this year it wasn’t to be having lost to Sweden in the semi-finals, they would have one last throw of the dice in the Bronze medal match between Japan. This year they would walk away without a medal as they lost 3-5.
After Billy’s bronze medal, Team GB had made the 2018 games their most successful winter Olympic games with 5 medals after beating their previous record of 4 medals back in 1924 and 2014.
UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger said she was "delighted" the British team had reached the medal target.