Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Great Britain, represented by the British Olympic Association (BOA), competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, from 7 to 23 February 2014. The British team was made up of athletes from the whole United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, whose athletes may have elected to hold Irish citizenship, allowing them to represent either Great Britain or Ireland. Additionally some British overseas territories competed separately from Britain in Olympic competition. A total of 56 athletes competed in 11 sports making it the biggest contingent that Great Britain had sent to a Winter Olympic Games for twenty-six years.

Great Britain at the
2014 Winter Olympics
IOC codeGBR
NOCBritish Olympic Association
in Sochi
Competitors56 in 10 sports
Flag bearer Jon Eley (opening)[1][2]
Lizzy Yarnold (closing)[3]
Medals
Ranked 19th
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
3
Total
5
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

On 9 February 2014, Jenny Jones won Great Britain's first medal on snow in their Winter Olympic history after finishing third in the women's slopestyle.[4]

On 14 February 2014, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in the skeleton. She became the second Briton to win the gold in the event, taking the title from previous Great Britain champion Amy Williams, She was elected to be the flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

On 20 February 2014, the women's curling team won their bronze medal match against Switzerland 6–5. In doing so, they ensured that Great Britain met its UK Sport medal target of three medals from the Games.

On 19 February 2014, the men's curling team won their semifinal against Sweden 6–5 and on 21 February 2014, they won the silver medal after being defeated by Canada in the gold medal match 9–3, but the result still confirmed Great Britain's most successful Olympics for ninety years by equaling the medal count of the 1924 Winter Olympics.

In November 2017, the Russian Bobsleigh teams that came first and fourth in the Four-man event were disqualified. This meant that Great Britain (who originally finished 5th) would move up into the bronze medal position.[5] The IOC requested that the FIBT modify the results, and the medals were redistributed accordingly.[6]

Records

Olympic records

On 11 February Great Britain matched an Olympic scoreline record by beating USA 12–3 in women's curling.[7] They also set a new Olympic record by scoring seven points in a single end.[8] On 14 February they equalled the scoreline record again, this time beating Japan 12–3.[9]

Medallists

Medals by date
Day Date Total
Day 1 8 February 0 0 0 0
Day 2 9 February 0 0 1 1
Day 3 10 February 0 0 0 0
Day 4 11 February 0 0 0 0
Day 5 12 February 0 0 0 0
Day 6 13 February 0 0 0 0
Day 7 14 February 1 0 0 1
Day 8 15 February 0 0 0 0
Day 9 16 February 0 0 0 0
Day 10 17 February 0 0 0 0
Day 11 18 February 0 0 0 0
Day 12 19 February 0 0 0 0
Day 13 20 February 0 0 1 1
Day 14 21 February 0 1 0 1
Day 15 22 February 0 0 0 0
Day 16 23 February 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 3 5
Medal Name Sport Event Date
 GoldLizzy YarnoldSkeletonWomen's14 February
 SilverDavid Murdoch
Greg Drummond
Scott Andrews
Michael Goodfellow
Tom Brewster
CurlingMen's curling21 February
 BronzeJenny JonesSnowboardingWomen's slopestyle9 February
 BronzeEve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton
Lauren Gray
CurlingWomen's curling20 February
 BronzeJohn Jackson
Bruce Tasker
Stuart Benson
Joel Fearon
BobsleighFour Man23 February
Medals by sport
Sport Total
Skeleton 1 0 0 1
Curling 0 1 1 2
Snowboarding 0 0 1 1
Bobsleigh 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 3 5

Medal and performance targets

On 16 January 2014, the funding body UK Sport announced their medal targets for Team GB at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi with the target to win three medals with the best chance of success with the ladies skeleton events. Although the target was set at three medals the funding body predicted that Great Britain had the potential to win as many as seven medals, although this total was not widely expected to be reached. Other realistic chances of medal success were with the bobsleigh and curling events.

The games proved to be highly successful for Team GB, exceeding the initial target of three medals and achieving all of the targets for each of the winter sports that were set.

Key N Target missed Y Target met
SportMedal target setNon medal targetMedals or resultPerformance relative to target range
Bobsleigh0–14th–6th (m), 4th–8th (w)1Y
Curling1–22Y
Figure skating0Top ten0Y
Skeleton11Y
Speed skating0–12x top eight0Y
Ski and snowboard1–21Y
Total3–7n/a5Y
Total goldn/an/a1n/a

UK Sport funding

In the Winter Olympic Cycle running from 2010 to 2014 the UK government body UK Sport allocated a then record budget of over £13 million to fund Team GB for the individual athletes as well as the bobsleigh and curling teams for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The sports receiving the highest funding were bobsleigh, curling and skeleton, whilst speed skating, ski and snowboard, and figure skating also received funding, but all other winter sports where British athletes were competing did not receive any funding from the body.

SportFunding
Bobsleigh£3,304,250
Curling£2,055,100
Figure skating£174,338
Speed skating£2,593,400
Skeleton£3,447,600
Ski and snowboard£1,509,950
Total£13,444,638

Alpine skiing

According to the quota allocation released on 27 January 2014, Great Britain qualified two athletes in alpine skiing.[10]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
David Ryding Men's slalom 49.40 27 56.51 18 1:45.91 18
Chemmy Alcott Women's downhill N/A 1:43.43 19
Women's super-G N/A 1:29.14 23
Women's combined 1:44.83 16 DNF

Biathlon

Based on their performance at the 2012 and 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Great Britain qualified 1 man and 1 woman.[11]

Athlete Event Time Misses Rank
Lee-Steve Jackson Men's sprint 27:07.5 1 (0+1) 67
Men's individual 54:11.3 1 (0+0+0+1) 42
Amanda Lightfoot Women's sprint 24:48.9 3 (2+1) 75
Women's individual 54:38.1 5 (1+2+1+1) 71

Bobsleigh

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
John Baines**
Lamin Deen*
Two-man 57.54 =21 57.81 25 57.38 =18 Did not advance 2:52.73 23
Stuart Benson
Joel Fearon
John Jackson*
Bruce Tasker
Four-man 55.26 10 55.27 2 55.31 5 55.26 2 3:41.10 α
John Baines
Lamin Deen*
Andrew Matthews***
Ben Simons
55.91 19 55.60 16 56.06 =19 55.95 20 3:43.52 19
Paula Walker*
Rebekah Wilson
Two-woman 58.36 12 58.40 10 58.88 14 58.60 10 3:54.24 12

* – Denotes the driver of each sled
** – John Baines replaced original selection Craig Pickering who withdrew during the Games with a back injury.
*** – Andrew Matthews replaced original selection Craig Pickering who withdrew during the Games with a back injury.[12]
In November 2017, the Russian teams that finished 1st and 4th were disqualified by the IOC following the publication of the McLaren Report. This subsequently led to the teams in 2nd, 3rd and 5th being moved up into the medal positions.[13] The IOC requested that the FIBT modify the results, and the medals were redistributed accordingly.[14]

Cross-country skiing

According to the quota allocation released on 30 December 2013, Great Britain had four athletes in qualification position.[15]

Distance
Athlete Event Classical Freestyle Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Deficit Rank
Andrew Musgrave Men's 15 km classical N/A 42:25.7 +3:56.0 44
Callum Smith N/A 44:14.7 +5:45.0 67
Andrew Young N/A 41:29.6 +2:59.9 37
Callum Smith Men's 30 km skiathlon 39:57.4 59 37:02.5 64 1:17:37.1 +9:21.7 62
Andrew Musgrave Men's 50 km freestyle N/A 1:57:08.9 +10:13.7 53
Rosamund Musgrave Women's 10 km classical N/A 36:18.5 +8:00.7 66
Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Andrew Musgrave Men's sprint 3:37.75 27 Q 3:48.69 6 Did not advance
Callum Smith 3:50.13 62 Did not advance
Andrew Young 3:40.68 42 Did not advance
Andrew Musgrave
Andrew Young
Men's team sprint N/A DNF Did not advance
Rosamund Musgrave Women's sprint 2:43.31 42 Did not advance

Curling

Based on results from 2012 and the 2013, Great Britain has qualified their men's and women's team (consisting of five athletes) as one of the seven highest ranked nations.

Men's tournament

Team
PositionCurler
SkipDavid Murdoch
ThirdGreg Drummond
SecondScott Andrews
LeadMichael Goodfellow
AlternateTom Brewster

Standings

Final round robin standings

Key
Teams to playoffs
Teams to tiebreaker
Country
Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot %
 Sweden Niklas Edin 816044383018886%
 Canada Brad Jacobs 726953393614784%
 China Liu Rui 726750413711585%
 Norway Thomas Ulsrud 545253363318586%
 Great Britain David Murdoch 545149373515883%
 Denmark Rasmus Stjerne 455461323717481%
 Russia Andrey Drozdov 365870363813777%
 Switzerland Sven Michel 364746313422783%
 United States John Shuster 274758303914780%
 Germany John Jahr 185374383910976%

Round-robin

Great Britain had a bye in draws 4, 7 and 11.

Tiebreaker

Sheet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Ulsrud) 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 6

Playoffs

Semifinal
Sheet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Edin) 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 5
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 6
Final
Sheet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 X X 3
 Canada (Jacobs) 2 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 X X 9

Women's tournament

Team
PositionCurler
SkipEve Muirhead
ThirdAnna Sloan
SecondVicki Adams
LeadClaire Hamilton
AlternateLauren Gray

Standings

Final round robin standings

Key
Teams to playoffs
Country
Skip W L PF PA Ends
won
Ends
lost
Blank
ends
Stolen
ends
Shot %
 Canada Jennifer Jones 9072404327121486%
 Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson 725852373513780%
 Switzerland Mirjam Ott 546360373813778%
 Great Britain Eve Muirhead 547458393591180%
 Japan Ayumi Ogasawara 455967394141076%
 Denmark Lene Nielsen 455756344012978%
 China Wang Bingyu 455862363810481%
 South Korea Kim Ji-sun 366065353710679%
 Russia Anna Sidorova 364856333519682%
 United States Erika Brown 18427533408576%

Round-robin

Great Britain has a bye in draws 2, 6 and 10.

Playoffs

Semifinal
Sheet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Canada (Jones) 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 6
 Great Britain (Muirhead) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
Bronze medal game
Sheet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Great Britain (Muirhead) 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 6
 Switzerland (Ott) 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 5

Figure skating

On 11 December 2013 the British Olympic Association announced the figure skaters taking part in the Sochi 2014 Olympics:[16]

Athlete Event SP/OD FS/FD Total
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jenna McCorkell Ladies' singles 48.34 25 Did not advance
Stacey Kemp / David King Pairs 44.98 19 Did not advance
Nick Buckland / Penny Coomes Ice dancing 59.33 11 Q 91.78 9 151.11 10
Team trophy
Athlete Event Short program/Short dance Free skate/Free dance
Men's Ladies' Pairs Ice dance Total Men's Ladies' Pairs Ice dance Total
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points Rank Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points
Team points
Points Rank
Matthew Parr (M)
Jenna McCorkell (L)
David King / Stacey Kemp (P)
Nick Buckland / Penny Coomes (I)
Team trophy 57.40
2
50.09
1
44.70
1
52.93
4
8 10 Did not advance

Freestyle skiing

After suffering injuries and a loss of consciousness as a result of an accident during training on 17 February, it was decided that Rowan Cheshire would not compete in the women's halfpipe event, which began just three days later.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank
Murray Buchan Men's halfpipe 58.40 62.40 62.40 17 Did not advance
James Machon 37.40 52.20 52.20 23 Did not advance
James Woods Men's slopestyle 87.20 40.00 87.20 3 Q 86.60 78.40 86.60 5
Rowan Cheshire Women's halfpipe Withdrew due to injury
Emma Lonsdale 53.80 53.20 53.80 18 Did not advance
Katie Summerhayes Women's slopestyle 81.40 84.00 84.00 3 Q 19.40 70.60 70.60 7

Short track speed skating

Based on their performance at the two World Cup events in November 2013, Great Britain qualified 3 men and 2 women.

The team for GB was named on 16 December 2013.[17]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jon Eley 500 m 41.554 2 Q 41.337 2 Q 41.411 4 FB 41.870 7
1000 m 1:25.748 4 Did not advance 25
Richard Shoebridge 1000 m 1:27.806 4 Did not advance 27
Jack Whelbourne 500 m 42.513 4 Did not advance 27
1000 m 1:26.086 3 Did not advance 21
1500 m 2:14.091 1 Q N/A 2:14.635 2 Q DNF 7
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Elise Christie 500 m 44.775 1 Q 43.402 2 Q 43.837 1 Q PEN 8 [lower-alpha 1]
1000 m 1:30.588 1 Q 1:30.606 1 Q PEN Did not advance 7
1500 m DNF N/A Did not advance
Charlotte Gilmartin 500 m 44.440 2 Q 44.479 4 Did not advance 16
1500 m 2:27.935 5 N/A Did not advance 28

Qualification legend: ADV – Advanced due to being impeded by another skater; FA – Qualify to medal round; FB – Qualify to consolation round

  1. Elise Christie finished 2nd in the final, but was disqualified after colliding with fellow competitors, the disqualification led her to finishing 8th in the 500 m.

Skeleton

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kristan Bromley Men's 57.24 10 57.02 =9 57.17 12 56.74 =7 3:48.17 8
Dominic Parsons 57.23 9 57.17 15 57.00 9 56.96 =10 3:48.36 10
Shelley Rudman Women's 59.46 12 59.33 12 58.82 17 58.86 19 3:56.47 16
Lizzy Yarnold 58.43 1 58.46 1 57.91 1 58.09 1 3:52.89

Snowboarding

Freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank Run 1 Run 2 Best Rank
Dom Harington Men's halfpipe 12.75 37.25 37.25 20 Did not advance
Ben Kilner 43.50 16.25 43.50 16 Did not advance
Billy Morgan Men's slopestyle 76.25 85.50 85.50 6 QS 90.75 35.50 90.75 1 QF 38.00 39.75 39.75 10
Jamie Nicholls 62.25 86.75 86.75 4 QF Bye 85.50 46.50 85.50 6
Aimee Fuller Women's slopestyle 44.50 39.00 44.50 10 QS 33.75 37.50 37.50 9 Did not advance
Jenny Jones 74.25 21.75 74.25 5 QS 82.25 83.25 83.25 3 QF 73.00 87.25 87.25

Qualification Legend: QF – Qualify directly to final; QS – Qualify to semifinal

Snowboard cross
Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Position Position Position Rank
Zoe Gillings Women's snowboard cross 1:23.78 14 3 Q 4 FB 3 9

Qualification legend: FA – Qualify to medal final; FB – Qualify to consolation final

See also

References

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