Team GB Results – Tuesday 16th February
After a slowish start to Vancouver 2010, Team GB looked to some of its biggest medal hopes on Tuesday 16th. We had the men’s curlers, snowboarder Zoe Gillings and Lee Jackson becoming the first Briton to compete in the biathlon. Find out how they got on in our latest daily update.
One of Team GB’s brightest medal hopes, the Men’s Curling Team, suffered a disappointing start to Vancouver 2010. A bumper crowd of 5,600 saw Team GB lose a tight match 6-4 to the reigning champions from Sweden. Skipped by Dave Murdoch, Team GB were on the receiving end of a great Swedish performance as their round robin started with a defeat.
Murdoch remained positive, saying “We just needed to be sharper and we didn’t play as offensively as we wanted to. We need to get a few more rocks in the places we wanted them to be to put them under pressure.” Team GB will look for bouncebackability when they face France in their second game today.
Young hopeful Zoe Gillings produced the performance of the Olympics so far for Team GB, finishing 8th in the Snowboard Cross. Making the semi-finals, it was a big improvement on Torino 2006, where she managed a 15th placed finish.
Gillings is already looking forward to Sochi 2014 and is happy with her performace. She said “I’m pretty happy with top eight. I was trying for a medal as I always do, so I’m disappointed with that but I definitely tried my best. I’m just looking forward to the future now.”
In the biathlon pursuit, Lee Jackson made history by becoming the first ever British athlete to compete in this Olympic event. Starting the day in 55th after the sprint on Sunday, Jackson finished in 56th after a disappointing first standing shoot.
Jackson will go into the 20km individual event on Thursday confident of a Top 40 finish. Jackson stated “I’m in a good position in my head and physically I feel great”. So, it’s all to play for on Thursday as he completes his first ever Winter Olympics.
What’s happening today at Vancouver 2010?
The women’s curlers will look to better the men’s team as they also face the current world champions, China, in their opening match. The Chinese are pre-Olympic favourites and so Team GB couldn’t have got a tougher first game draw. The men’s curlers go into their second game, against France, looking for their first win of Vancouver 2010.
The two Andrews, Musgrave and Young, will gain valuable Olympic experience in the individual sprint classic. After decent performances in the cross-country freestyle on Monday, they will be looking to improve on their final placings of 55th and 74th respectively.
Chemmy Alcott will get her much anticipated Vancouver 2010 campaign underway as she hits the slopes in the women’s downhill. Chemmy has a chance of a medal and so Britain will be hoping she improves on her 11th place finish from Torino 2006.
Another medal hope, halfpipe snowboarder Ben Kilner, hopes to follow a World Cup bronze with an Olympic podium finish. Let’s wait and see what Kilner produces and hope it’s good enough to bring back a medal.
Short track speed skaters Sarah Lindsay and Elise Christie will hope for a podium finish in the 500m event at the Pacific Coliseum. In the men’s 1000m heats, Jon Eley and Tom Iverson will compete before joining up with Jack Whelbourne, Paul Worth and Anthony Douglas for the 5000m relay semis.
With lots going on today, we could get a lot closer to that podium finish. Maybe even a gold? We can only hope…