Team GB at Beijing 2022: Who are the British athletes to watch at the Winter Olympic Games?

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Team GB Who are the British athletes to watch at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games? - PA
Team GB Who are the British athletes to watch at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games? - PA

A fully Covid-19-vaccinated team of up to 55 athletes will travel to Beijing for the Winter Olympic Games, which officially get underway on February 4.

UK Sport have projected between three and seven British medals next month, meaning that they could potentially beat their record haul of five which was set in Sochi in 2014 and equalled in Pyeongchang in 2018.

The full team list will be updated when each sporting discipline is announced.

Who are Team GB's athletes?

Alpine skiing

TBC

Bobsleigh

Greg Cackett: men's four-man

Former sprinter will be hopeful of improving on his 17th-place finish in the four-man at the last Olympics after a highly successful season as part of Team Hall. Also the travelling reserve for the two-man.

Montell Douglas: women's

Douglas will become the first woman to represent Team GB at both the summer and winter Olympic Games, after competing in the 100m at the 2008 Games. Was bobsleigh reserve four years ago in PyeongChang.

Nick Gleeson: men's two and four-man

Paratrooper Gleeson makes his second Olympics appearance after finishing 17th in the four-man in 2018. At the start of his career, Gleeson initially believed he was trying out for the rugby team rather than the bobsleigh squad.

Brad Hall: men's two and four-man

Hall and his crew have enjoyed a stellar season so far, winning an six medals on the World Cup circuit and another at the Olympic Test Event in China in October. Competes at his second Games after finishing 12th in the two-man four years ago.

Taylor Lawrence: men's four-man

Lawrence joined the GB Bobsleigh set up at the very end of 2019 when he linked up with Brad Hall and his crew. A serving Royal Marine, Lawrence makes his Olympics bow in Beijing.

Mica McNeill: women's

2012 Youth Olympic silver medallist McNeill makes her second senior Games appearance after finishing eighth four years ago - a best ever finish for a British women's team. Won World Cup silver in Sigulda at the start of the year alongside Adele Nicoll.

Adele Nicoll: women's (reserve)

Travels to Beijing as a reserve, having only made her World Cup debut this season, winning silver alongside Mica McNeill at the start of the year. Has a second sporting career as a shotputter and has achieved the Welsh qualifying mark for next summmer's Commonwealth Games.

Ben Simons: men's (reserve)

Like Nicoll, Simons travels as the reserve for the men's crew. He finished 18th in the four-man at the last Olympics in PyeongChang and 19th at Sochi 2018.

Cross country skiing

TBC

Curling

Bruce Mouat: men's and mixed doubles

Mouat, alongside Dodds, will become the first British athlete to compete in two curling competitions at a Winter Games after that discipline was introduced to the Games for the first time in PyeongChang in 2018. Olympic debutant is skip of the men's team and current mixed curling world champion.

Bruce Mouat men's and mixed curling events - PA
Bruce Mouat men's and mixed curling events - PA

Grant Hardie: men's

Nephew of 1999 world champion Hammy McMillan, Hardie will be making his Olympic debut - but he is not short of experience or medals, having twice won European gold and world silver and bronze in 2021 and 2018.

Bobby Lammie: men's

A two-time European champion and double world medallist, Lammie has been part of Mouat's rink since 2015. Olympic debut.

Hammy McMillan: men's

McMillan comes from good curling stock with his father a world champion in 1999. A two-time European champion, McMillan plays lead for Mouat's team.

Ross Whyte: men's (alternate)

Whyte was selected as Team Mouat’s alternate for the 2021 World Championships in Calgary, Canada and will perform the same job again in Beijing. Olympic debut.

Eve Muirhead: women's

Skip Muirhead will compete in her fourth Winter Olympics with her best result so far being a bronze for Sochi 2014. She and her team are the current European champions.

Vicky Wright: women's

Wright is the vice-skip of the team and will be making her Olympic debut. She worked for the NHS as a nurse during the covid pandemic

Jennifer Dodds: women's and mixed doubles

Olympic debutant Dodds is set make history as one of the first players to represent Team GB at two curling events at the same Games, competing in the women's event and mixed alongside Bruce Mouat. Together they are the current mixed curling world champions.

Hailey Duff: women's

Duff is making her Olympic debut, fresh from winning European gold with the team last year.

Mili Smith: women's (alternate)

A member of the British team at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics, Smith's brother Kyle was skip of the men's team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Maiden Olympic Games.

Figure skating

Natasha McKay: women's singles

McKay who was recently crowned British champion for the fifth time. The skater secured Team GB's quota place by coming 23rd at the World Championships in March. Olympic debut.

Lilah Fear: ice dance

Fear was paired with Gibson in 2016, entering their first international competition that season. They have win two Grand Prix bronze medals and finished the 2021 World Championships in seventh place. Olympic debut

Lewis Gibson: ice dance

Alongside Fear, Gibson placed seventh at the 2021 World Championships. He originally began his skating career in singles before switching to ice dance. Olympic debut.

British figure skating pair Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson - AP
British figure skating pair Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson - AP

Freestyle skiing

TBC

Luge

Rupert Staudinger: men's singles

Staudinger makes his second Olympics appearance having finished 33rd at PyeongChang 2018, with the target being a top 20 finish this time around.

Short track speed skating

Kathryn Thomson: women's short track 500m, 1000m and 1500m

Thomson, Britain's sole female short-track speeding skater in Beijing, will compete in women’s 500m, 1000m and 1500m on her second Games appearance.

Farrell Treacy: men's short track 1000m and 1500m

Two-time Olympian Treacy will be on the start line for the men’s 1000m and 1500m having made the 1500m B-final at the Hungary World Cup last year. His younger brother Niall is also on the team.

Niall Treacy: men's short track 1000m

Treacy ended the World Cup and Olympic qualifying series ranked 15th in the 1000m, a fourth-place finish at the Hungary World Cup being a highlight of the series. The Olympic debutant will compete in the 1000m event alongside his older brother.

Skeleton

Brogan Crowley: women's skeleton

A former GB youth heptathlete, Olympic debutant Crowley has a personal best of fifth in Igls in January last year and a season’s best of 12th in Sigulda on New Year’s Eve.

Laura Deas: women's skeleton

Deas is the most experienced member of the skeleton team having made her international debut in 2010. Took bronze in PyeongChang four years ago as team-mate Lizzy Yarnold defended her Olympic title.

Laura Deas Olympics bronze medallist - PA
Laura Deas Olympics bronze medallist - PA

Matt Weston: men's skeleton

The ninth ranked slider in the world just two years after he made his World Cup debut, Weston heads to his first Games having won the country’s first men’s World Cup gold medal for 13 years in Igls in November.

Marcus Wyatt: men's skeleton

Former American footballer player Wyatt made his international debut in 2016, picking up World Cup bronze in Sigulda in November 2020 and then silver at the Olympic test event in Beijing last October. Olympic debut.

Speed skating

Cornelius Kersten: men's long track 1000m and 1500m

Netherlands-based Kersten becomes the nation's first Olympic speed skating athlete for 30 years. His recent fourth place finish in the 1000m was the best performance for Britain in 130 years of the European Championships.

Snowboarding

TBC

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