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Shoebridge delights in proving a point with world medal

Richard Shoebridge claims Britain's short track speed skaters proved a point with a vindicating relay bronze at the World Championships in Montr...

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Four sports, four nations but Shoebridge is ready in Sochi

From South Africa to Canada to Britain and now to Sochi – it has taken four sports and four nations for Richard Shoebridge to make his Olympic d...

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Team GB Short Track Speed Skating athletes to watch in Sochi

Britain are an up-and-coming short track speed skating nation and there are genuine medal contenders among the five-strong squad for Sochi 2014....

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Shoebridge embraces rather than fears Olympic debut

Richard Shoebridge insists he will not be overawed by his short track speed skating Olympic debut in Sochi.

Shoebridge put aside the disa...

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Five Short Track Skaters Confirmed to Speed to Sochi 2014

The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that five short track speed skaters have been officially selected for Team GB for the Soch...

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In his first season competing for Great Britain Richard, AKA Shoei, was part of the men’s relay team that broke the world record at the European World Cup and finished 4th in a World Cup. Sochi will however be Richard’s first Olympic Winter Games.

Richard’s father was himself a short track speed skater for the Solihull Mohawks, and passed his love of the sport onto Richard and his sister. Richard first tried skating aged just 5 at the club his father started and ran in South Africa, and continued to skate after his family moved to Ontario, Canada when he was 11. It was because of his father, who was British, that Richard wanted to return to the UK and compete for Great Britain.

Richard has had a solid start to his Sochi campaign with three top 14 finishes at the first two World Cups, as well as a bronze medal in the relay. In previous seasons, Richard has achieved top 8 rankings at several world cup events and finished 11th in the 1000m at the 2012 World Championships.

Outside of short track Richard is a keen cyclist and spends a lot of his free time out on his single speed bike. He is also a huge Chelsea supporter, and would probably argue that he is the biggest Chelsea fan on Team GB. Interestingly, his uncle Martin Shoebridge was part of the team that designed the original Laser Tag.