Top 10 Team GB Winter Olympic Moments - #100daystogo
October 30, 2013 14:00 pm
To mark 100 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, we asked our fans for their favourite Team GB Winter Olympic moments. From the three consective Olympic gold medals in Figure Skating , to the Innsbruck Games when Team GB's tweleve year wait for a medal ended - below (in no particual order, may we add) are our Top 10 favourite Winter Olympic moments for Team GB.
1. Torvill & Dean win Figure Skating Gold – 1984 Sarajevo
It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for the British ice couple in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia as Torvill & Dean claimed GOLD to keep the Olympic figure skating title in Britain for a third consecutive year. Over 24 million people tuned in to watch the pair crowned as Olympic ice skating champions who scored maximum points at the Zetra Stadium for their slow, sensuous free dance performance of Ravel's Bolero.
2. Amy Williams secured Great Britain's first individual gold for 30 years – 2010 Vancouver
It may have taken 58 years, but for Amy Williams and the rest of Great Britain, it was well worth the wait. No British woman had previously won an individual gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games since 1952, when Jeannette Altwegg triumphed in women's figure skating. That record finally came to an end at the Whistler Sliding Centre, as Williams secured gold in the women's skeleton.
3. Flying Lyall kicks off 2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremony
Canadian Snowboarder, Johnny Lyall, flew through the Olympic Rings to kick start the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver
4. Great Britain Women's curling team Gold - 2002 Salt Lake City
The final, which had 5.7 million people watch live on the edge of their seats, saw skip Rhona Martin and her team beat Switzerland with the very last throw. The incredibly tense victory at the Ogden Ice Sheet saw Great Britain's women curlers secured the country's first Winter Olympics gold medal for 18 years.
5. Nicky Gooch claims GBs first medal in Speed Skating – 1994 Lillehammer
Having made his Olympic debut at Albertville in 1992, Nicky Gooch became the first Brit to win any Olympic Speed skating medal by claiming bronze two years later at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer in the men’s 500 metres.
6. Eddie the Eagle - 1988 Calgary
In 1988, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. At the time, Edwards was the British ski jumping record holder, the world number nine in amateur speed skiing and the stunt jumping world record holder (10 cars/6 buses). Finishing last in the 70m and 90m events, he became famous as an example of a plucky underdog.
7. Robin Cousins wins Figure Skating Gold – 1980 Lake Placid
Team GB ambassador for Sochi 2014, Robin Cousins won GOLD in Figure Skating at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid to keep the men’s title in Britain for a second successive games.
8. Male Bobsleigh GOLD ends 12 year wait for a Team GB medal – 1964 Innsbruck
The Innsbruck Games ended a twelve year wait for Team GB to win a medal; Nash and Dixon won the Bobsleigh race after being loaned an axle bolt by the Italian bobsledder Eugenio Monti, who finished third but received the first De Coubertin Medal for sportsmanship.
The 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck were threatened by a lack of snow. The Austrian army rushed to the rescue, carving out 20,000 ice bricks from a mountain top and transporting them to the bobsled and luge runs, and also carried 40,000 cubic meters of snow to the Alpine skiing courses.
9. Skeleton Silver for Shelley Rudman – 2006 Turin
A former hurdler, Shelley Rudman won Great Britain's only medal of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin as she claimed silver in the skeleton.
Shelley also competed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, finishing sixth and also carrying the Union Jack during the Opening Ceremony.
10. John Curry wins GBs first Olympic gold in Figure Skating – 1976 Innsbruck
The Winter Games of 1976 in Innsbruck saw Figure Skater John Curry win Britain's first Olympic gold in the sport. A crowd of over 10,000 people gathered in Innsbruck's Olympic Eisstadion to see Curry claim gold, with Britain's previous highest place in the men's Olympic figure skating being fourth.