Team GB Results – Thursday 17th February
Team GB enjoyed its best day so far with some awesome performances at Vancouver 2010 yesterday. As Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams and Kristan Bromley all announced their arrivals at the Winter Olympics, Team GB’s medal hopes looked a lot more promising heading into a busy Friday. That podium finish is surely on its way now…
So, it’s clear to say now that our brightest medal hopes for these Olympic Games will be in the skeleton. We’ve got three chances of podium finishes as we head into day two of the competition. But which of Team GB’s skeleton competitors will break the duck and steal a medal from Vancouver 2010.
The star performer so far must be Amy Williams. The 27 year old goes into the final day of the women’s skeleton competition leading, not only teammate Shelley Rudman, but the whole field by 0.3 seconds. Will she hold onto the lead over the final two runs and bag Team GB a fantastic gold.
Williams was slightly surprised by her own performance, even after such quick times in the training sessions. She said “I didn’t really expect to be in front place right now. It was a good first day, but there are two more runs left, so I’m going to concentrate on them and not get ahead of myself.”
Torino 2006 silver medallist Rudman is currently tied for 7th after a disappointing first run. She sits 0.96 seconds behind Williams so still has a decent chance at a medal. After a much improved second run, Rudman will be looking to gatecrash to top three and get on the podium again.
In the men’s skeleton, Kristan Bromley got off to a great start and goes into the final straight in 5th place. Like Rudman, Bromley improved in his second run of the day and ended only 0.05 seconds of the bronze placed Alexander Tretyakov. Bromley said “It will all be on the final run tomorrow. I just need to stay focussed…”
Teammate Adam Pengilly had a disappointing day and was 3.01 seconds off the lead by the end of the second run. He felt that his 20th place position going into day two doesn’t reflect his abilities. Let’s see if he can improve today and get a final position that his sliding deserves.
Chemmy Alcott, Team GB’s great all-rounder, capped a fantastic day with an 11th placed finish in the super combined at Whistler Creekside. Yesterday, we were hoping she would force her way into the top ten but we’re more than happy that she equalled her best Olympic performance. Next up for Chemmy, the super-G on Saturday.
In the curling, women’s skip Eve Muirhead led Team GB to an emphatic victory in their third round robin game. Facing Russia, Team GB went into the game confident and wasted little time in establishing an early lead, before eventually winning by a convincing 10-3 margin.
The men’s curlers again suffered mixed fortunes from their two games. Already with a win and a loss, Dave Murdoch’s team faced Switzerland and Denmark in quick succession. Losing to Switzerland, Team GB recovered well to seal a fantastic match 9-6 against the Danes.
Lee Jackson ended his Olympic campaign in the 20km individual biathlon with a 60th place finish. Three-time Olympian Lesley McKenna managed 30th place in the halfpipe despite two falls.
What’s happening today at Vancouver 2010?
We don’t need to tell you that the skeleton will reach an exciting conclusion today. Great Britain waits with baited breath for that podium finish. Come on Amy, Shelley and Kristan!! Three medals isn’t such an unrealistic dream…
Ed Drake gets back on the slopes in the super-G, the women’s curlers will look for two more wins against Germany and Japan and the ice dancers take to the rink. Good luck to John & Sinead Kerr and Nick Buckland & Penny Coomes.