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Boudavida’s guide to the Winter Olympics

February 1, 2018

On the 9th February the most prestigious competition for winter sports returns for its 23rd edition. The Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea and over 2500 athletes from 90 nations will battle it out for the chance of a medal.

But who will reign supreme over the ice and snow? Britain is taking its largest squad out to South Korea in the hope of surpassing the best-ever haul of four medals achieved in both 1924 and 2014. At the Sochi 2014 Games Team GB achieved a total of four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze) but no doubt they have their sights set on beating that this year.

There are 15 sports on show at the Winter Olympics: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined (cross country skiing and ski jumping), short-track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding (including the new Big Air) and speed skating.

Who to watch

Short track speed skater Elsie Christie heads us the British contenders. The world champion won three gold medals and one bronze at the 2017 World Championships and could become the first British athlete to win multiple medals at one Winter Games.

Britain's Lizzy Yarnold won skeleton gold in Sochi, Russia four years ago and is aiming to become the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title.

The women’s curling team won silver and bronze at the last winter olympics so are tipped for success in South Korea. They won bronze at the World Championships and gold at the Europeans so their chances look good.

‘Big Air’ Snowboarding makes its debut at this year's Olympics with Katie Ormerod tipped for success after her first World Cup gold win last season.

It looks like Team GB are heading for South Korea with high hopes and strong medal chances. We wish them all the best of luck and can’t wait to get inspired and see how they get on!

Photo Credit: Telegraph

All the details:

Where: Pyeongchang, South Korea

When: 9-25 February

How to watch: In the UK, the Games will be televised on the BBC, as well as on Eurosport.

For more information visit the official Olympic website here.

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