As the world turns its eyes towards Pyeongchang, the UK will experience a rare bout of patriotism. The winter Olympics this year will be attended by 60 athletes competing in events from curling to figure skating. With Team Great Britain’s winter games medal record standing at four (1924 and 2014), many people are hoping for a successful run at this year’s games. Predicted medals will come from Elise Christie, a short track speed skater, Olympic newbie snowboarder Katie Ormerod, skiers James Woods and Izzy Atkin, and slalom specialists Dave Ryding and Andrew Musgrave.
The UK has won a medal for skeleton at every Winter Olympics since 2002. Skeleton is a sport in which a person rides a small sled down an ice track. It is the most successful sport for the GB team in recent history. The National Lottery has invested £32 million into the Olympics, more than twice the investment into the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The days are now counting down for the Olympians, and the pressure and anticipation are mounting up. Now, the UK citizens can only sit back and admire the hard work, dedication, and concentration it took for our Olympians to make their way from our small island to the Korean Peninsula, to make our country and themselves proud. Good Luck Team GB!
by Issy M.