Speed Skating - Countdown to Sochi: Winter sports week in review

Andrew Musgrave equalled his career-best nordic skiing World Championships result with a top 30 finish in Val di Fiemme.


Musgrave came home an encouraging 28th in the men's 15km time trial event, only one younger skier finished in front of 22-year old and he was only four places ahead. But despite finishing 24 places ahead of his ranking, he later claimed to be dissatisfied with his result as he fell outside his top 20 target. Vancouver Olympian Musgrave also finished 41st in the 50m mass start event while Rosamund Musgrave, who was part of the British Olympic Ambition programme at London 2012, finished top Brit in the women's 10m time trial - crossing the line 61st. Chemmy Alcott made an abortive comeback to the alpine skiing World Cup circuit after her heavy crash during the recent World Championships. The long-time British number one was hoping to race in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen but after flying out to Germany conceded her leg was still in too much pain to take part in a training run. Alcott is now planning to have all screws and plates removed from her leg - many of which were inserted following her horror crash in Lake Louise three years ago - in a bid to ski pain free in Olympic year. Both Scottish rinks are unbeaten and top of the early standings at the World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi, the official test event for next year's Winter Olympics. Scotland's men's rink is skipped by Kyle Smith and includes Thomas Muirhead, younger brother of former European champion and Vancouver Olympian Eve. The women's rink is being fronted by Hannah Fleming, the defending champion, who lost to Muirhead in the final of the recent Scottish Championships in Perth. Elsewhere, Lee Steve Jackson finished 61st in the 10m sprint at the biathlon World Cup in Oslo - 19 places ahead of British team-mate Kevin Kane. Ten-time national champion Jenna McCorkell has been confirmed in the British team for this month's figure skating World Championships in Canada and will be joined by ice dance duo Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland and pair couple Stacey Kemp and David King. This week will see Elise Christie lead a nine-strong senior squad at the short track speed skating World Championships in Debrecen, where she is strongly tipped as a podium contender over both 1000m and 1500m. © Sportsbeat 2013

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