Team GB head to Winter Games

25th January 2018, by Abi Butcher

James Woods is among the stellar line-up for PyeongChang 2018 next month

James Woods is among the stellar line-up for PyeongChang 2018 next month

James Woods, Andrew Musgrave, Billy Morgan, Dave Ryding and Katie Summerhayes are among the biggest team of British winter athletes heading to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea next month.

A record number of athletes will be headed to PyeonChang next month for the Olymipc Games, with 25 athletes preparing to compete across alpine, cross country, freestyle skiing and snowboard events. The previous biggest number of Team GB athletes headed to a Winter Olympics was 22, for Cortina in 1956.

More than half of those selected will be competing in their first Winter Olympics — with more freestyle skiers representing Britain than any other ski and snowboard discipline. Six British snowboarders are headed to Pyeonchang, and while the average age of the team is just 24, three skiers are headed to their third Winter Games.

Team GB Ski & Snowboard Leader Dan Hunt said PyeongChang is the first major step for Britain to be seen as one of the world’s leading snowsports nations.

“When you look analyse this squad, it’s a pretty good indicator of where British snowsports will be heading over the next four years to Beijing and then beyond,” he said. “More than half the team will be competing at their first Olympics, one-third of the squad are 22 or younger and only four athletes have competed at more than one Games.

“We will be competing in more disciplines in PyeongChang than we have before and we’ve never had more athletes heading to an Olympics with genuine expectations about how well their performances will stack up against the best in the world.

“Of course you can never predict how the results will ultimately fall, but I am certain that we’re going to Korea with opportunities to deliver more world class performances than a British ski and snowboard team ever done.”

Team GB’s Ski & Snowboard squad for PyeongChang 2018, which runs 9-25 February

Alpine Skiing
Charlie Guest, 24, from Perth, Scotland
Dave Ryding, 31, from Leyland, Lancashire
Laurie Taylor, 21, from Basingstoke, Hampshire
Alex Tilley, 24, from Torphins, Scotland

Cross-Country Skiing
Andrew Musgrave, 27, from Poole, Dorset
Callum Smith, 25, from Inverurie, Scotland
Annika Taylor, 24, from Truckee, USA
Andrew Young, 25, from Huntly, Scotland

Freestyle Skiing
Izzy Atkin, 19, from Boston, USA
Murray Buchan, 26, from Edinburgh, Scotland
Rowan Cheshire, 22, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon, 23, from Hong Kong
Tyler Harding, 21, from Halifax, Yorkshire
Emily Sarsfield, 34, from Durham
Peter Speight, 25, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Katie Summerhayes, 22, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Molly Summerhayes, 20, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Lloyd Wallace, 22, from Bath, Somerset
James Woods, 26, from Sheffield, Yorkshire

Rowan Coultas, 20, from Bedford
Aimee Fuller, 26, from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Zoë Gillings-Brier, 32, from Douglas, Isle of Man
Billy Morgan, 28, from Southampton, Hampshire
Jamie Nicholls, 24, from Bradford, Yorkshire
Katie Ormerod, 20, from Brighouse, Yorkshire

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