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Winter Olympics: The ones to watch

By lauracfell  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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GREAT Britain does not have a rich history of success at the Winter Olympics.

The nation's best medal tally is just four, achieved at the inaugural 1924 competition in Chamonix, France.

In the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada, Team GB finished 19th in the medal table with one medal, as Amy Williams won gold in the skeleton.

But this year, there are a relative wealth of medal opportunities among GB's 56-strong team.

Over the next two weeks we could bear witness to a record-breaking Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Here are some of the ones to watch:

Reigning skeleton world champion Shelley Rudman will be hoping to upgrade the Olympic silver medal won in Turin in 2006 to gold in Sochi.

This season Rudman has been on the World Cup podium once and took silver at the European Championships.

But the 32-year-old will come under pressure from teammate Lizzy Yarnold.

Yarnold won the overall World Cup title this season after four wins, two silvers and a bronze in eight races and was crowned world junior champion in 2012.

The 25-year-old found skeleton in 2008 through a UK Sport talent search.

both compete on Friday, February 14.

Bobsleigh star John Jackson made a rapid recovery from a ruptured achilles to make sure he was fit for Sochi. The European and World Cup silver medallist will compete on Sunday February 23.

Speed skater Elise Christie was the first woman to win a World Championship medal in short track last year when she won bronze.

Christie won European gold in the 1000m last month and competes in this event on Friday, February 21.

Great Britain's women won gold in curling at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics with Rhona Martin at the helm. The veteran now mentors 23-year-old Eve Muirhead who was skipper for the Scottish team who won the World title last March.

David Murdoch leads the men's team aiming to become the first British men's curling side to win an Olympic medal since 1924.

The women's gold medal match is on Thursday, Feburary 20 and the men's match on Friday, February 21.

The Winter Olympics run from February 7-23 and 88 nations will take part.

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