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Path to Pyeongchang

With a year until the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Nick Hope and David McDaid bring you all the build-up, from Team GB's leading medal prospects to the events to watch out for.


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Historically at the Winter Olympics British athletes have often found

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themselves left out in the cold. The dominating figure at these games...

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He is only 21 it was mostly the preserve of other nations. He is

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reading now and he crosses the line and new Olympic record holder. But

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over time, Great Britain has gradually warmed to Winter sport. It

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is Olympic gold for Great Britain. A great round of applause. Surely it

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will be called for Great Britain. And there was success last time as

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Team GB equalled their best ever medal count. He is an Olympic

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champion. Jenny Jones, Great Britain bronze medallist. Great Britain are

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in the Olympic final. The youngest ever to win a medal in Olympic

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curling. Next year and South Korea, the British are aiming for even

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more. Who will be winning the medals for

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Team GB when the Olympic Games take place next year. We will tell you

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how some of the familiar faces have been faring as well as some new

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names full top we will start with Lizzie, who followed up Amy Williams

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in 2010 with an Olympic title. She has gone on to win world, European

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and World Cup titles. She has also taken a year off. She is the Olympic

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champion. The mad thing about skeleton is your legging it as fast

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as you can and jumping on the sled and hoping it goes right. Sometimes

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it is scary. You're going into corners at 90 mph, so it is almost

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gone before you can think about it. I remember just before the race was

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about to start I was petrified because as soon as I started the run

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there was nothing more I can do. I just wanted to squeeze every

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hundredth of a second out of the run to secure a gold medal. I got to the

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finish line looked at the clock and saw the number one and it was the

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tingling all over that I had done it. It was amazing. How soon

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afterwards did you think about another success? As soon as someone

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mentioned no one had defended her title, I thought it would be amazing

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to do. She is the Olympic champion. She is pulling away. That is how to

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Win your first World Championships. I said I wanted to be world champion

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and I'm so pleased that I have done it. Olympic skeleton champion took a

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year of a break from the sport. When I came back I had achieved

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everything I wanted to. I realised I was exhausted. What have you done

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this year? I planned my wedding and moved house. I took some lampshade

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making courses. I needed a break to remember who I was as a person, not

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just an athlete. Getting back into training is more fun than I

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remember. I have come back stronger. She is picking up where she left

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off. She took cells are industries. I would never have known if it was a

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good idea to take a year off if I had not come back so strongly. Now I

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cannot wait for the Olympic season and my dream is to defend my title.

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At the age of 16, Katie missed out in selection for snowboarding. But

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for years on and she have her coming-of-age inside career. She is

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one of the best medal hopes in big air. My name is Katie and I am a

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freestyle snowboard. I will take you through a day in the life of how I

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live and what I do as a professional still border. We have down days so I

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will show you going to the gym and what I do, go exploring. I hope you

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enjoy it. Still in bed. I got involved and freestyle snowboarding

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when I was five years old. I love it, the fact you can travel the

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world with your best friends. This is outside our apartment. The view

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is pretty here. Where are going? To the gym. I had a heavy day yesterday

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doing legwork so angry to do a light session today. UK sport are putting

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a lot of funding into us which makes it easier to go and train and get

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access to the facilities they need. Going to go and get changed angle on

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a hiking adventure. -- and go on at. There is a lovely view here in

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Austria. Two and a half years ago eyes-mac 's my ACL, so I still have

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to have physio to keep on top of it because if I ride hard it hurt a

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little bit. -- years ago I broke my ACL. Going up the mountain now. We

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are at the thousand metres -- 3000 metres. We are going to do some

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tracks. -- tricks. It is a bit windy. It has always been my dream

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to get the Olympic gold. My training has been going well and I have good

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results this season so I am excited and I hope you enjoy the day. She

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has excelled in both disciplines, becoming the first ever big air

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World Cup winner in January and bronze followed by silver at the air

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and style event in Austria. She is not the only freestyle medal

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prospect. Here are some of the others to watch.

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Looking forward to Pyeongchang in 2018, there is plenty to get excited

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about. Both in skiing and snowboarding. In snowboarding it is

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mostly about men slopestyle. Ellie Morgan in Jimmy Nichols are two big

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names. There is no reason why we cannot get more medals this year. We

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are doing really well. There is a long way to go and I'm just trying

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to get my tracks back and solid. Behind then you have Matt McCormack

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and Roland Colthurst, both Berry impressive young talents. In the

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freestyle skiing there is tight and slopestyle to look forward to. In

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pipe, the junior Olympic gold-medal list will almost certainly go to

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Pyeongchang. It is her first Olympics but anything can, and

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probably well, happen. There is no pressure because I'm the youngest to

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get the Olympics. Just to get there be an achievement. Not many people

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do it, so it would be nice to get there. If I do well that is even

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better. In slopestyle you have two sisters, Katie and Molly, and this

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athlete who's came so close in Sochi, can he make it onto the

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podium? We know freestyle has the fun

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factor, but can curling be considered cool? Every four years

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interest leads the nation enduring Sochi 2014 hashtag love curling

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became a social media head, as Britain won silver and bronze

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medals. In Pyeongchang, a brother and sister could be taking to the

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ice. Built on an old car parked near London's Olympic Stadium, this

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curling rink is evidence of a sport on the rise. -- built on an old car

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park. It's increased profile is mainly thanks to Great Britain's men

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and women at Sochi 2014 with they won half of Team GB's medals. Great

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Britain are in the Olympic final and are guaranteed a medal. The brushes

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go in the air and Britain have won the bronze medal. The chance to go

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for more Olympic glory cannot come quickly enough. It is never off your

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mind. Ever since I threw my last town in Sochi I have been thinking

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about the next one and how I can do better. This year is important for

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us to put down a good mark going to Korea. Since 2014, the team have

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shown great consistency and one European bronze. At the same bent,

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her older brother enjoyed a rare international outing as part of the

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men's team. She has represented the country much more than me, but I

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hope that will not be the case for very much longer. With mixed doubles

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making its debut, what is the chance of the siblings bring together? It

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sounds fantastic to me. I've tried playing with my dad once mixed

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doubles. If we could get our heads down and make sure we get there then

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hopefully we can make that storyline happen. While the Muirhead 's by

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high, the silver medallist has represented the country since Sochi.

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We have done a lot of things right and got into most of the finals,

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just finished it off. That is something we are trying to change

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and we are doing very well on tour and top ten in the world, but we

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want to get back to the championships and be there. We have

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a passion for it, we want to be better and on the podium. Making a

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strong case to wear GB's colours, is his former team-mate. That is what

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it is all about and what I'm fighting for. I still love the

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sport. That is why I get up and go to the gym at six in the morning and

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take time away from my family, which is hard. It would be the ultimate

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for me. I don't think any team has stood out and to be selected and

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have that plane ticket to Korea. Whoever has a good year this year

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has the best chance of going. Bobsleighers one of the most popular

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sports at the Winter Olympics, but you have to put in 1998 for

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Britain's last medal. The four-man team did come close in Sochi,

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missing bronze by only a fraction of a second. Now with new recruits are

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good results, the squad is filling optimistic about their Pyeongchang

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potential. The initial feeling is terror. You are running faster than

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an Olympics better. The whole we don't you regret pushing so hard.

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You think, what have you done? The G-force puts stress on your body. I

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was getting nosebleeds two or three times a day. I thought it would be

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like this they land. They both think it is like a roller-coaster, but it

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is not. Roller-coaster is you know what is coming. In this your head is

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down and you're just being thrawn. -- throne. It is a difficult

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experience but it is exciting. It is a challenge and I love the speed. It

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was baffling Sochi. What do you remember? At the time I was over the

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moon. I was there to be competitive and I had finished fifth. Once the

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dust settled, we were very close to a medal. It was slightly

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disappointing. Full extension here... To make up those crucial

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fractions of a second, they are using former sprinters. This runner

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was the joint third quickest British 100 metre runner ever. I did not

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think I could do that with my body. I started crying. How has this

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happened to me? It complemented each other well, but there are some big

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differences. I'm not that big in comparison to other bobsleighers.

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Sprinting there is more finesse involved. Do you won medals in both

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sports this year? I have thought about it. One at a time. But it

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would be nice. My main focus is being at the Olympics as the best in

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the world. That is something they proved they were not far away from

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when they finished fourth in the two-man event. Everyone is such a

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standard it is just a case of finding a combination that works

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well together. When we get to Pyeongchang, we will be ready to

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take on the world for a medal. 14 years on... I am showing my age. The

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bobsleigh team are my new family. I believe that we can achieve the same

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as I achieved in 2004. Whatever team you end up on, you are trying to win

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a medal. From a sport that receives millions of pounds in funding, to

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one that receives nothing from UK sport. Alpine skiing has been a

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privilege and in recent years, which we can trace back to Baxter's

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stripped medal in 2002. But GB is trying to put that back. It is you

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against a mountain. The slalom, you are going flat out. Your legs are

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throbbing. You have to keep moving and going. It is not a nice feeling.

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But it is nice when you have done well. That is something deep has

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done this season. 12 months ago at top 20 finish would have been

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considered a good result that he is now challenging for the medals. He

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got a silver medal last month, matching the best ever result from a

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British Alpine skier. He proves much of his improvement down to an

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intense training regime on and off the slopes. I feel the genocide that

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makes a big difference. If I'm not strong then I can feel but I am

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slower and I'm not getting the same rebound from the skis. It is a big

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part of being an Alpine skier. But his path has been challenging, with

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the GB Alpine programme receiving no funding. That is something he

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believes would have been different if Baxter had not been stripped of

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his bronze medal for accidentally taking a banned substance. I watched

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it and I thought it was surreal. It was taken away from him in the way

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it was. It was an inhaler, it was so unlucky. UK sport would have still

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been with him. It is a travesty. Has it has been tough for your sport?

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Adi turning a corner now? Things are turning a corner now. We have some

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young people skiing now and hopefully we can bring more people

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into the sport and secure some National Lottery funding. How much

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of a difference without me? It would benefit the programme massively and

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it would support the young guys coming through but the pathway is

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well and the sport will go from strength to strength in the future.

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What is the target for Pyeongchang. I think if I keep going and working

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hard I can do something special. Britain doesn't have a history of

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winter Olympic medal success, nothing like in the summer. But

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figure skating has been the most profitable sport for Team GB.

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Figure skating is always a hit at the Wimpole Olympics, it is a short

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strength, grace and artistry. -- at the Winter Olympics. For Britain no

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one has come close to Torvill and Dean and Robin cousins in the 1980s.

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You know you have seen the best in the world. Robin Cousins of Great

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Britain. British skaters winning gold in Pyeongchang would be a

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difficult task. The men's event will likely be bought out between the

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Japanese superstar and the 2016 world champion from Spain. Philip

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Harris is hoping to be in the mix for Great Britain, although he has

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to come in the top 20 at the World Championships in March and last time

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he came 22nd. He needs a really good performance this time around.

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Britain's best prospects are an eye stance. They came seventh in the

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World Championships, but they are very unlucky. Niqabs undergo

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life-saving heart surgery and they missed most of 2015 because they

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were both seriously ill. Last summer, any shattered her kneecap

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and she is had to go through months of rehabilitation. She stepped back

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onto the ice in November but now it is a race against time for them to

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win the place at the Winter Olympics.

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While success was the team for many British athletes in Sochi, that was

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not case for Christie who was disqualified from all three events

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are left against devastated. Since then, medals rather than tears have

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fallen. She has been set out as a genuine Pyeongchang gold medal

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prospect. They have all gone down. I can't

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believe it, Christie has been penalised again and she is not going

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to advance into the medal contest. It was a horrible time in my life,

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but it has now passed. I'm a different person now. It has been an

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amazing development and everyone has helped me get there and I feel more

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ready than I ever have for an Olympic Games. I have achieved more

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than what I thought I was going to, for sure. It hasn't even sunk in, I

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think it will take until I finished the season. Is it your best season?

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I was totally different last year. I'm much better and much camera now.

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I'm in the best place just now. Why do you think that is? Physically I

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have always been up there. I have worked on that for years but

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mentally you're maybe not as strong. I believe in myself now and I

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believe I'm capable of winning an Olympic gold. Whether that is going

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to happen is not my control, it is down to the gods, but I'm doing

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everything I can. What does Pyeongchang means you? That is the

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focus and it has been my head nonstop. I am so excited for it. I

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cannot wait to get out there. A year feels like so long now. In one year

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we will find out which of those athletes have what it takes to reach

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the podium. Hopefully this will be Team GB's best winter Olympics. Keep

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checking our website for the latest on the British athletes. There will

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be some fantastic stories as they continue on the path to Pyeongchang.

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