COUNTDOWN TO SOCHI: WINTER SPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW
February 11, 2013 07:32 am
With just under a year to go until next year's Winter Olympics, it has been another busy week for Team GB athletes with Sochi in their sights.
Elise Christie further underlined her potential with her second short track speed skating World Cup win of the season in Dresden.
Christie had already wrapped up the overall 1000m World Cup title before the final event of the season and proved why she could be a contender over two distances next February with a win over 1500m.
Elsewhere, freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes, who carried the British flag at last year's Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, claimed her first-ever World Cup podium finish in Silvaplana.
Summerhayes, who saw her 2012 season ruined by a anterior cruciate ligament injury, claimed slopestyle silver in only her second appearance at this level.
However, British team-mate and World Cup leader James Woods, who won X Games bronze last month, could only rank tenth in the men's competition, despite posting the second best qualifying performance.
Chemmy Alcott endured more injury disappointment at the alpine skiing World Championships in Schladming.
The long-time British number one posted a 26th place in the super giant slalom but crashed during downhill training.
She was hopeful of still competing but reported causing excessive stress in the plated fracture in her right leg. Alcott is now expected to spend several weeks on the sidelines but tried to stay upbeat about this latest injury set-back.
"This is by no means the end, I have shown my strength before – yes, the timing blows but better now than in a year," said the three-time Olympian, who finished 11th in the downhill at the 2006 Games in Turin.
Great Britain's bobsleigh and skeleton teams have spent a busy week in Sochi, getting their first detailed look at next year's Olympic sliding venue while Adam Rosen finished 25th at the luge World Cup across the Atlantic in Lake Placid.
Elsewhere, British ice hockey coach Tony Hand was determined to accentuate the positive after his team lost all three games in the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Latvia.
The last time Team GB were represented in Olympic ice hockey was 1948 and reaching this stage of qualifying represents a big step forward, with the average age of an improving team only 27.
Kevin Kane was the top placed British finisher in the 10km sprint event at the ongoing biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto.
Kane came home 62nd, well ahead of team-mates Pete Beyer, Lee-Steve Jackson and Marcel Laponder, who were 104th, 106th and 109th respectively.
It's a big week on the road to Sochi for Great Britain's curlers - with the Scottish Championships being staged in Perth, the qualifying event for this year's World Championships.
Tom Brewster has won two world silver medals in recent years and will be favourite in the men's competition, in a rink that includes Vancouver and Turin British skip David Murdoch, Greg Drummond and Scott Andrews.
Eve Muirhead will also start favourite to defend her title alongside former European Youth Olympic Winter Festival gold medallist Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton.
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