Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Great Britain at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United Kingdom
IOC code GBR
NOCBritish Olympic Association
Websitewww.olympics.org.uk
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Competitors50 in 11 sports
Flag bearerShelley Rudman (opening)[1]
Amy Williams (closing)[2]
Medals
Rank: 19
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
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Intercalated Games
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Great Britain at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United Kingdom
IOC code GBR
NOCBritish Olympic Association
Websitewww.olympics.org.uk
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Competitors50 in 11 sports
Flag bearerShelley Rudman (opening)[1]
Amy Williams (closing)[2]
Medals
Rank: 19
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland competed as Great Britain in the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The United Kingdom was represented by the British Olympic Association (BOA), and the team of selected athletes was officially known as Team GB.[3] The team was made up of athletes from the whole United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, whose athletes may elect to hold Irish citizenship, allowing them to represent either Great Britain or Ireland.[4] Additionally some British overseas territories compete separately from Britain in Olympic competition.

Great Britain sent a delegation of fifty athletes to compete in eleven sports and were led by Andy Hunt as Chef de Mission, but despite being set a target of three medals by UK Sport, the team won just one, Amy Williams' gold in the women's skeleton, and finished 19th in the medal table.

Medalists[edit]

The following British competitors won medals at the Games. In the discipline sections below, medalists' names are in bold. All results are taken from the official Vancouver 2010 website.[5]

MedalNameSportEvent
 GoldWilliams, AmyAmy WilliamsSkeletonWomen's

Targets[edit]

The athletes entering the stadium, led by flagbearer Shelley Rudman, during the opening ceremonies.

UK Sport, the organisation responsible for distributing National Lottery funding to elite sport, set Team GB a target of winning three medals, of any colour, at the Vancouver Games; two more than the single silver medal won in Turin by Shelley Rudman. If achieved this would have been the best performance by a British Winter Olympics team since 1936 when a gold, silver and bronze medal were won. The target was set following £6.5 million of funding in the four years leading up to the Games. Whilst no particular events were targeted as potential sources of medals, the success of British athletes in the previous four years was taken into account when setting the target; the men's curling team and the two-woman bobsleigh team, Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke, won world championships, and in 2008 Kristan Bromley became the first man in the history of bob skeleton to win the World Championship, European Championship and World Cup in the same year.[6][7]

Amy Williams of Great Britain (centre) with the gold medal she won in the women's skeleton alongside silver medalist Kerstin Szymkowiak (left) and bronze medalist Anja Huber (right).

The preparations of Britain's skiers and snowboarders for the Games were hampered by the financial problems of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation (BSSF), operating under the name Snowsport GB, which was responsible for administering the lottery funds received through UK Sport. In August 2009 the BSFF was £300,000 in debt and a number of British skiers, including medal hope Chemmy Alcott, were forced to fund their own summer training camps in New Zealand and Chile.[8] On 5 February 2010, just a week before the opening ceremony of the Games, it was announced that BSSF had entered administration after the Royal Bank of Scotland withdrew the organisation's overdraft facility. This put the participation of British skiers in doubt, as a governing body is a necessity for Olympic competition, but the British Olympic Association (BOA) revived a subsidiary company to take over.[9] The financial difficulties suffered by Alcott, partly as a result of the BSSF collapse, led her to consider her future in the sport at the end of the Games.[10]

On 25 February, having finished 19th overall in the medal table, and 14th out of European countries, head of Team GB Andy Hunt said that despite not reaching UK Sport's target the team "have achieved what we set out to do" by bettering their performance in the 2006 Games. This was in reference to Amy Williams' gold in the women's skeleton, which was the sole medal won by the team.

Steve Redgrave, vice-president of the BOA, added "I don't think there is a sense of disappointment – I think there is a sense of celebration of winning that gold medal. I would take one gold medal over five bronze medals any day." Hunt also announced that the BOA would conduct a strategic review of funding and may support the channeling of more funds towards realistic medal hopes.[11]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Four British athletes competed in alpine skiing events at the Games. Andy Noble and David Ryding qualified for two events each whilst Ed Drake and Chemmy Alcott, taking part in her third Olympics, qualified for all five variants. The preparations of Britain's skiers were disrupted by the collapse of Snowsport GB, but all athletes were able to enter the games after the intervention of the British Olympic Association.[8][9] Alcott, considered a realistic contender for a medal, achieved the squad's best finish coming eleventh in the women's combined.[12][13]

Men
AthleteEventRun 1Run 2TotalRank
Ed DrakeCombinedDownhill
1:56.63
Slalom
54.28
2:50.9129
Downhill1:57.91N/A38
Giant slalom1:21.651:23.482:45.1337
SlalomDid not start
Super-G1:33.20N/A32
Andy NobleGiant slalom1:20.791:24.062:44.8536
Slalom51.5554.581:46.1329
David RydingGiant slalom1:21.971:26.062:48.0347
Slalom51.5853.551:45.1327
Women
AthleteEventRun 1Run 2TotalRank
Chemmy AlcottCombinedDownhill
1:27.06
Slalom
45.45
2:12.5111
Downhill1:47.31N/A13
Giant slalom1:17.531:12.412:29.9427
SlalomDid not finish
Super-G1:23.46N/A20

Biathlon[edit]

Britain sent a single biathlete to the Games; Lee-Steve Jackson was the first British competitor to qualify for the Olympic pursuit and finished in 56th position. He also took part in the individual and sprint events.[14]

AthleteEventFinal
TimeMissesRank
Lee-Steve JacksonMen's individual55:37.51+2+1+066
Men's pursuit39:54.70+1+3+056
Men's sprint27:18.11+155

Bobsleigh[edit]

Britain sent eight athletes to compete in the bobsleigh events with entries in the two-man, four-man and two-woman competitions. Allyn Condon competed in the four-man event having previously taken part in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney; the first Briton to take part in both a Summer and Winter Games since Marcus Adam.[15] In the two-man the British pairing of Dan Money and John Jackson suffered a crash on their first run; they escaped serious injury, but were disqualified for failing to complete the run.[16]

Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke went into the two-woman event as the reigning world champions and after two of four runs were placed tenth, one position ahead of Paula Walker and Kelly Thomas.[17] On the third run Minichiello and Cooke lost control, resulting in them crossing the finishing line with their sled on its side, and the pair withdrew from the competition before the final run.[18]

AthleteEventRunsTotalRank
Run 1RankRun 2RankRun 3RankRun 4Rank
Dan Money
John Jackson
Two-manDSQ (crashed)n/aDSQ[16]
Allyn Condon
John Jackson
Henry Nwume
Dan Money
Four-man51.531154.29 (1:45.82)22 (21)52.24 (2:38.06)14 (18)52.15143:30.2117
Nicola Minichiello
Gillian Cooke
Two-woman53.851053.73
(1:47.58)
12
(10)
55.87 (2:43.45)21 (16)Did not startDid not finish
Paula Walker
Kelly Thomas
Two-woman54.191453.58
(1:47.77)
9
(11)
54.47 (2:42.24)15 (11)53.94113:36.1811

Cumulative time and standings given in brackets.

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Three British cross-country skiers went to the Games, all three were competing in their first Olympics.[19] Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave, aged seventeen and nineteen, entered the team sprint in addition to their individual events but were forced to withdraw as Young, suffering from a cold, was unable to complete his leg.[20]

Men
AthletesEventQualificationQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
TimeRankTimeRankTimeRankTimeRank
Andrew Musgrave15 km individualN/A36:32.455
30 km pursuitN/A1:24:07.951
Sprint3:58.4358Did not advance
Andrew Young15 km individualN/A38:45.174
Sprint4:02.1960Did not advance
Andrew Musgrave,
Andrew Young
Team sprintN/ADid not finishDid not advance
Women
AthleteEventFinal
TimeRank
Fiona Hughes10 km individual30:29.868

Curling[edit]

Eve Muirhead, the 19-year old skip of the women's team.

Curling events at the 2010 Winter Olympics were in the form of a round-robin tournament; each nation played all others in a group stage with the top four qualifying for medal playoffs. The men's team, the reigning world champions, won group stage games against France, Denmark, China, United States and Germany. These five wins left them in a tie for the last semifinal place with Sweden, who beat them in their group game. A single tie-breaker match was played between the two sides which was won by the Swedes in the first extra end.[21] The women's team, skippered by 19-year old Eve Muirhead, entered the tournament ranked seventh in the world and beat world champions China in their opening match, but won just two of their remaining eight games to finish seventh in the group and miss out on the semifinals.[22]

Men's tournament[edit]

Men's team[23]

Lockerbie CC (curling club), Lockerbie

Results
Round-robin
Tie-breaker

Having finished level with Sweden with five wins Great Britain faced a single match tie-breaker to decide who advanced to the semifinals.

Sheet A v1234567891011Final
Sweden (Edin) Hammer (Last Stone First End)202100010017
Great Britain (Murdoch)020011100106
Standings
Country
SkipWLPPAEnds
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends for
Stolen ends
against
Shot %
CanadaMartin, KevinKevin Martin9075363628142485
NorwayUlsrud, ThomasThomas Ulsrud7264434032157184
SwitzerlandStockli, RalphRalph Stöckli6353453533208981
SwedenEdin, NiklasNiklas Edin5450523436206882
Great BritainMurdoch, DavidDavid Murdoch5457443529209481
GermanyKapp, AndyAndy Kapp4548603538119875
FranceDufour, ThomasThomas Dufour36315822341671373
ChinaWang, FengchunWang Fengchun275260373797577
DenmarkSchmidt, UlrikUlrik Schmidt2740573129126678
United StatesShuster, JohnJohn Shuster27435932411891276

Women's tournament[edit]

Women's team[24]
Results
Standings
Country
SkipWLPFPAEnds
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends for
Stolen ends
against
Shot %
CanadaBernard, CherylCheryl Bernard81563740292013481
SwedenNorberg, AnetteAnette Norberg7256523636135979
ChinaWang, BingyuWang Bingyu6361473937127874
SwitzerlandOtt, MirjamMirjam Ott6367484036712676
DenmarkJensen, AngelinaAngelina Jensen45496131401551274
GermanySchopp, AndreaAndrea Schöpp3652563540154775
Great BritainMuirhead, EveEve Muirhead365459364111101575
JapanMeguro, MoeMoe Meguro3664703637135573
RussiaPrivivkova, LudmilaLudmila Privivkova36536036401413977
United StatesMaccormick, DebbieDebbie McCormick274365363612121177

Figure skating[edit]

Sinead and John Kerr, who finished eighth in the ice dancing, on the podium at the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships.

Great Britain had qualified seven athletes; one in ladies singles, one pair in the pairs skating, and two pairs in ice dancing.[25] The team was announced as Jenna McCorkell in the ladies singles, Stacey Kemp and David King in the pairs and in the ice dancing Sinead Kerr and John Kerr, and Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland.[26] Brother and sister pairing Sinead and John Kerr were considered medal contenders before the Games as they entered the event ranked fifth in the world.[27] The pair, who came third in the 2009 European Championships, went on to finish eighth.[28]

Athlete(s)EventCDSP/ODFS/FDTotal
PointsRankPointsRankPointsRankPointsRank
Jenna McCorkellLadies'N/A40.6429Did not advance29
Stacey Kemp,
David King
PairsN/A48.281691.6616139.9416
Sinead Kerr,
John Kerr
Ice dancing37.02856.76892.239186.018
Penny Coomes,
Nicholas Buckland
Ice dancing25.682146.331971.6019143.6120

Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing[edit]

Three British women competed in freestyle skiing events, one each in the aerials, moguls and ski cross. Sarah Sauvey became the first Briton to compete in Olympic ski cross, as the sport was making its debut in Vancouver. She finished 34th in the qualifying rounds missing out on the medal rounds by two places.[29]

Women's - Aerials and Moguls
AthleteEventQualifyingFinal
PointsRankPointsRank
Sarah AinsworthAerials105.3622Did not advance
Ellie KoyanderMoguls18.9824Did not advance
Women's Ski cross
AthleteEventQualifying1/8 finalsQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
TimeRankPositionPositionPositionPositionRank
Sarah SauveySki cross1:24.5234Did not advance

Luge[edit]

Britain's sole competitor in luge was Adam Rosen, an American-born athlete who had previously competed at the 2006 Games. The 25-year old 's sixteenth place finished equalled his performance in Turin and was just one place off of the highest Winter Olympic finish by any British luger.[30]

AthleteEventRunsFinal totalFinal rank
Run 1RankRun 2RankRun 3RankRun 4Rank
Adam RosenMen's singles48.896
-
16
-
49.005
(1:37:901)
18
(16)
49.259
(2:27.160)
15
(15)
48.856
(3:16.016)
19
(16)
3:16.01616

Cumulative time and standings given in brackets.

Short track speed skating[edit]

Britain qualified six athletes in individual short track speed skating events. In the men's events four skaters competed, with Anthony Douglas and Jon Eley each racing at two distances; a team also qualified for the relay event. Eley achieved the squad's best individual finish, coming sixth in 500 metres, a position matched by the relay team.[31] In the women's events Elise Christie raced in the 500, 1000 and 1500 metres and Sarah Lindsay also took part in the 500 metres but was disqualified in her heat following a clash with Canada's Jessica Gregg.[32]

Men
AthleteEventHeatQuarterfinalSemifinalFinal
TimePositionTimePositionTimePositionTimePositionRank
Anthony Douglas1500 m2:16.6224N/ADid not advance
Jon Eley500 m42.0811 Q41.8751 Q41.5044 QB42.68136
1000 m1:25.5884N/ADid not advance
Tom Iveson1000 m1:27.8414N/ADid not advance
Jack Whelbourne1500 m2:14.9723 QN/A2:17.1565Did not advance
Paul Worth500 m42.9363N/ADid not advance
Anthony Douglas
Jon Eley
Tom Iveson
Jack Whelbourne
Paul Worth
5000 m relayN/A6:50.6184 QB6:50.04516
Women
EventAthleteHeatSemifinalFinal
TimePositionTimePositionTimePosition
Elise Christie500 m44.3742 Q44.8213Did not advance
1000 m1:31.3633Did not advance
1500 m2:23.8984Did not advance
Sarah Lindsay500 m44.7162 QDSQ4Did not advance

Key: Q=Qualified for next round, QB=Qualified for B final

Skeleton[edit]

Four British athletes qualified for the skeleton events. Amy Williams won Britain's only medal of the Games, a gold in the women's skeleton. Williams became the first British gold medalist in an individual event at the Winter Olympics for thirty years, following Robin Cousins' victory in figure skating at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, and the first British female individual Winter Olympics gold medalist since Jeannette Altwegg in 1952.[33] Shelley Rudman, Britain's only medalist at the 2006 Olympics, finished sixth in the women's event and her fiancé, Kristan Bromley, finished in the same position in the men's event.[34]

AthletesEventFinalTotalFinal rank
Run 1RankRun 2RankRun 3RankRun 4Rank
Kristan BromleyMen's skeleton52.91
-
7
-
52.89
(1:45.80)
5
(5)
52.70
(2:38.50)
8
(6)
52.80
(3:31.30)
7
(6)
3:31.306
Adam PengillyMen's skeleton53.75
-
17
-
54.17
(1:47.92)
22
(20)
53.36
(2:41.28)
18
(18)
52.23
(3:34.51)
14
(18)
3:34.5118
Shelley RudmanWomen's skeleton54.66
-
11
-
54.26
(1:48.92)
6
(7)
53.95
(2:42.87)
7
(7)
53.82
(3:36.69)
1
(6)
3:36.696
Amy WilliamsWomen's skeleton53.83*
-
1
-
54.13
(1:47.96)
2
(1)
53.68*
(2:41.64)
1
(1)
54.00
(3:35.64)
4
(1)
3:35.641

Cumulative time and standings given in brackets.

Key: * New track records

Snowboarding[edit]

Four British snowboarders qualified for the Games.Ben Kilner qualified 7th and progressed through the semifinals, however finished 18th in the Final for the Men's halfpipe. Reserve Marcijan Harasymiw crashed on his second run and did not advance due to injury. Zoe Gillings reached the semifinals of the women's snowboard cross and finished in eighth position overall.[35]

Halfpipe
AthleteEventQualificationSemifinalsFinal
Run 1Run 2RankRun 1Run 2RankRun 1Run 2Rank
Ben KilnerMen's halfpipe21.532.17 Q3.117.012Did not advance18
Lesley McKennaWomen's halfpipe5.12.830Did not advance
Parallel giant slalom
AthleteEventQualification1/8 finalsQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
TimeRankOpposition
margin
Opposition
margin
Opposition
margin
Opposition
margin
Rank
Marcijan HarasymiwMen's parallel giant slalom1:21.0924Did not advance
Snowboard cross
AthletesEventQualificationQuarterfinalsSemifinalsSmall finalRank
TimeRankPositionPositionPosition
Zoe GillingsWomen's snowboard cross1:27.938 Q2 Q348

See also[edit]

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