Great Britain’s biggest Winter Olympics team selected for Pyeongchang

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Great Britain will send its biggest Winter Olympics team to Pyeongchang with 59 athletes selected to compete in South Korea.

Team GB will be hoping to surpass the best-ever return of four medals – achieved in Chamonix in 1924 and four years ago in Sochi – for the Games which run from February 9-25.

Short track speedskating world champion Elise Christie heads a number of strong British medal contenders in Pyeongchang and UK Sport has set a target of at least five medals.

Lizzy Yarnold struck women's skeleton gold in Sochi
Lizzy Yarnold struck women’s skeleton gold in Sochi (Andrew Milligan/PA Images)

The Sochi medal tally could yet rise if the men’s bobsleigh team is awarded a retrospective bronze as a result of ongoing hearings into Russian doping.

Team GB had a team of 56 in Sochi and 50 in Vancouver four years earlier.

The team was completed on Thursday with the selection of 25 skiers and snowboarders.

Three-time world champion Christie apart, Britain have further medal prospects in curling, skiing, snowboarding, skeleton and bobsleigh.

Eve Muirhead, in her third Games, leads a women’s curling team that won last year’s European Championships.

Snowboarder Katie Ormerod, a former gymnast, is a contender in freestyle snowboarding’s slopestyle and big air disciplines.

Slalom skier Dave Ryding is another medal contender after an historic World Cup slalom silver in January of last year and six top-10 finishes in last season’s World Cup.

Andrew Musgrave, buoyed by a first World Cup podium finish last year, will also entertain hopes of making the podium.

An 11-strong freestyle skiing contingent includes a trio of medal contenders in James Woods, Izzy Atkin and Katie Summerhayes.

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