Sochi 2014

Athlete's representing Team GB at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games:

Elise Christie
500m, 1000m, 1500m
Elise ChristieďIím really proud to have been picked for my second Winter Olympics and I canít wait to get out to Sochi and try to win medals for Team GB. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity and Iím so thankful to my team, support staff and everyone that has helped me get to where I am now. With the experience Iíve already gained from Vancouver 2010, I hope I can go to Sochi and do more than just take part this time. I want to compete for medals and Iím going to fight to be at the top of the pack.Ē

Jon Eley

500m, 1000m
Jon Eley ďEven though this will be my third Olympic Winter Games, it feels just as special to be selected to represent Team GB at Sochi. In some ways Iím more excited because Iím part of the strongest ever squad that Team GB has sent to a Winter Olympics and history could be made in Sochi. Iíd like to thank everybody that has helped me get to this point, especially UK Sport and the National Lottery for all their support in not only getting me to Sochi, but throughout my whole career. I hope I can make Sochi my best Olympics yet.Ē

Charlotte Gilmartin

500m, 1500m
Charlotte Gilmartin
ďIím ecstatic to have been selected for my first Olympic Winter Games. Iíve been told that only just over 600 people have ever been chosen to compete for Team GB at a Winter Olympics, so to be part of such a small number is something really special. It has also been a relief to make the team because I narrowly missed selection for Vancouver 2010 so Iím delighted to be part of the team for Sochi. Itís been eight years of relentless hard work to reach this point, and itís so exciting to think about stepping out onto the ice at Sochi and being on the worldís biggest sporting stage.Ē

Richard Shoebridge
Richard Shoebridge
"Itís going to be an honour to represent Team GB in Sochi. Itís always been one of my childhood dreams, so being selected for my first Olympics and finally fulfilling that dream is a great accomplishment for me. Without the support and influence of my family throughout my career I would not be where I am today. Iíd also like to thank my fellow teammates and support staff for the last four years and helping to prepare me for the upcoming games. Iím excited to compete for Team GB against the rest of the world and I hope I can give my best performance.Ē

Jack Whelbourne
500m, 1000m, 1500m
Jack Whelbourne"Iím really pleased to have the opportunity to skate for Team GB at the Olympics again. Vancouver was a brilliant experience, but next year will be even more special as I get to skate all the individual distances.I want to thank everyone who has helped me get through another four year cycle. Iíve come a long way since the last Winter Olympics and Iíve had some good results at the World Cups this season, so Iím looking forward to seeing what Sochi brings.Ē

Short Track Speed Skating will be one of fifteen disciplines across seven winter sports at Sochi. It was first introduced as a full medal sport in 1992 at Albertville after having been a demonstration sport at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. 

The last British athlete to win an Olympic medal in short track was Nicky Gooch, who won bronze at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer. Gooch is now the National Coach and will use his experience from four Winter Olympic Games to help guide the squad to success at Sochi.

Team GB Announcement

Performance Director of GB Short Track Stuart Horsepool said: ďThe short track programme over the four year cycle has shown continual improvement on results at a world level, with more skaters winning more medals in more disciplines than ever before. This is without doubt the strongest British team we have ever put together, and a number of the selected athletes have opportunities of bringing home medals from Sochi. 

"There is just one block of training left before we go to the Olympic preparation camp ahead of the European Championships in January, and all our focus is on making sure the athletes are in the best position to skate to their full potential at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.Ē

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