2017: A Year in Review
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2017: A Year in Review

31 December 2017 / 08:00

There was no post-Rio hangover for Great Britain’s sportsmen and women in 2017 as they took on the world and enjoyed huge success in everything from canoe sprint to curling.

With world and European champions galore, here we take a look back on the biggest events of the year to remind everyone just how much British success there has been in 2017.

January

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The year started in fine style for Katie Ormerod as she took her first ever World Cup gold with a win at the big air event in Moscow.

And there was more winter sport success as James Woods won X Games ski slopestyle gold in Aspen and Dave Ryding made history with a first British Alpine medal in 37 years as he slalomed to silver in Kitzbuhel.

Johanna Konta picked up where she’d left off in 2016, too, as the British number one won the Sydney International to go into the Australian Open in fine form.

However she came up against an unstoppable Serena Williams in the quarter-finals, while Andy Murray’s campaign was ended in the fourth round by Germany’s Mischa Zverev.

February

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After a year away from the track, Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold returned to skeleton for the 2016-17 season and capped her comeback with a World Championships bronze in Koenigssee.

And the medals kept coming for Woods and Ormerod, who backed up their January successes with World Cup silver in Quebec, and Air and Style silver in Innsbruck.

Away from the winter sports, the indoor athletics season was in full swing with Mo Farah and Laura Muir in record-breaking form at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

Farah set a new 5,000m European record while Muir set a new British best over 1,000m.

March

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That record was a sign of things to come at the European Indoor Athletics Championships as Muir claimed 1500m and 3000m gold medals, with Richard Kilty, Andrew Pozzi and Asha Philip also topping the podium in Belgrade.

The summer sport season kicked into gear with triathlon wold silver medals for Jodie Stimpson and Tom Bishop in Abu Dhabi, while Jack Burnell won marathon World Cup gold in Abu Dhabi and Jack Laugher kicked off the diving World Series with 3m springboard gold in Beijing.

In March it was Izzy Atkin that joined Woods upon the ski slopestyle podium, with a first ever British female World Cup win in the event, followed by World Championship bronze in Sierra Nevada - a feat matched by Woods.

Continuing the winter sport success was Eve Muirhead, who skipped her rink to bronze in the curling World Championships.

But the month belonged to Elise Christie, as the Scot won a hat-trick of short track World Championship gold medals in Rotterdam.

April

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The winter sport season waved goodbye as spring sprung for Konta in Florida - becoming the first British woman to win the Miami Open. 

And while Laugher continued his golden run with more World Series success in Canada and London 2012 gold medallist Anthony Joshua scored a remarkable win over Wladimir Klitschko, April was all about female success.

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker won their maiden individual Track Cycling World Championship gold medals in the omnium and points race, respectively, while Ellie Downie picked up four medals at the European Gymnastics Championships.

The then 17-year-old took all-around glory and added vault and floor silver, as well as uneven bars bronze, to enjoy a remarkable championships in Romania.

May

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May was the month of European Championships as Chris and Gabby Adcock won mixed doubles badminton gold to add to Rajiv Ouseph’s men’s singles triumph.

While in the Finn sailing class Ed Wright and Ben Cornish took silver and bronze, respectively, and Vicky Thornley shone in the single scull at the rowing championships - winning gold.

Away from the continental events Great Britain’s men’s hockey players bounced back from Olympic disappointment in Rio to win the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, while Non Stanford raced to triathlon World Series victory in Chengdu and Scotland won the London leg of the World Sevens Series.

June

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The Brownlee brothers dominated their home leg of the ITU Triathlon World Series as they took gold and silver in Leeds, while we announced Eve Muirhead and Kyle Smith as the skips for Team GB’s curling rinks as PyeongChang 2018.

At the month’s World Championships Bianca Walkden defended her +73kg taekwondo title while double Olympic champion Jade Jones had to settle for bronze in the 57kg category.

But the month was about European Championships, with Peter McGrail winning bantamweight boxing gold as England left Ukraine with eight medals in total.

While at the diving championships, also in Ukraine, Britain won six medals in total as Lois Toulson won platform gold before teaming up with Matty Lee for mixed platform synchro gold, which was added to Ruby Bower and Phoebe Banks combining for platform synchro gold.

And in the canoe slalom championships Kimberley Woods came home with two gold medals, one in the C1 and the other with Mallory Franklin and Eilidh Gibson in the C1 team event.

The month’s other major event saw Murray reach a fourth successive French Open semi-final, where he was eventually beaten by Stan Wawrinka in five sets, while Konta suffered a disappointing first-round exit.

July

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Each year July means two things in the sporting world - Wimbledon and the Tour de France.

And while Chris Froome made it more British success in the latter, winning his fourth edition, an injured Murray exited Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage.

Konta did make the women’s semi-finals, though, and Jamie Murray combined with Martina Hingis to win the mixed doubles for a second time - beating fellow Brit Heather Watson in the final.

Elsewhere Annie Last won a first mountain bike cross-country World Cup event and Olympic champion Liam Heath defended his European K1 200m sprint canoe title.

In the 470 sailing World Championships Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won silver, while it was a sisterly affair at the European rifle championships as Jennifer McIntosh won 50m rifle prone, before Seonaid took gold in the 50m three positions.

But the story of the month came in Hungary as Tom Daley won 10m platform diving gold at the World Championships, while Adam Peaty won a golden breaststroke double in the swimming pool.

These were added to with a relay victory in the men’s 4x200m freestyle and Ben Proud taking the 50m butterfly.

August

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There was a home World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium and the British fans had plenty to shout about on the final weekend.

A succession of fourth places had followed Mo Farah winning his third successive 10,000m title, but on the last two days Britain picked up five medals - including a silver for Farah in the 5,000m.

But the standout moment came with a medal in each of the relays, and a remarkable gold in the men’s 4x100m.

More European Championships saw England’s women’s footballers exit at the semi-finals, while their hockey players won men’s and women’s bronze.

In the continental eventing championships Britain won team gold, while Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell took the 49er European sailing crown.

Back in the land of World Championships and the Adcocks took badminton mixed doubles bronze in Glasgow, while Heath won a maiden gold in the sprint canoe K1-200m and Nekoda Smythe-Davis took judo bronze.

Lastly, Woods got his ski slopestyle season off to the perfect start with World Cup gold in Cardrona, New Zealand.

September

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September was Froome’s month as he became the first Brit to win the Vuelta a Espana and the first man to do the Tour de France-Vuelta double since the Spanish race moved to its current spot in the calendar.

He also then secured team and individual time trial bronze medals and the road World Championships.

Still on the bike, Last won Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Championship silver, and Jess Learmonth took bronze at the ITU Triathlon Grand Final.

In a busy month Jamie Murray won a second successive Grand Slam mixed doubles title at the US Open, while Peter McGrail won bantamweight bronze at the Boxing World Championships.

In other World Championship action Ben Saxton and Katie Dobson won sailing gold in the foiling Nacra 17, which was added to Fletcher and Bithell’s 49er title.

In the shotgun championships Ed Ling won world trap silver as Franklin took C1 gold in the canoe slalom World Championships - and she doubled up with the C1 team title as Woods and Eilidh Gibson helped her to victory.

Lastly, Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes secured their ice dance spot at PyeongChang 2018 as they won the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany - their last chance to qualify - to cap a remarkable return to fitness for Coomes, who smashed her knee into eight places during a training accident in the summer of 2016.

October

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Max Whitlock was once again the British star of the show at the World Gymnastics Championships as he defended his pommel horse title.

And there was also a bronze medal on the floor for Claudia Fragapane, while Patrick Huston and Naomi Folkard combined to win the same colour medal in the recurve mixed team event of the World Archery Championships.

It was a hat-trick of British gold medals at the London leg of the taekwondo Grand Prix as Jade Jones, Walkden and Lauren Williams all triumphed.

And there was more female success at the European Track Cycling Championships as Archibald won omnium and individual pursuit glory - her tenth individual European title - with Barker and Eleanor Dickinson combining for Madison gold.

While on the water there was European success for Laser sailor Nick Thompson as he won continental gold, and at the World Rowing Championships Britain came home with six medals, including silver in the single scull for Thornley.

November

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The sliding season got into full swing as Lizzy Yarnold picked up skeleton bronze in the first World Cup of the season, while Brad Hall piloted his four-man bobsleigh to Britain’s first World Cup medal in four years.

Then, the very next weekend, Lamin Deen went one better as he picked up a silver medal in the bobsleigh as Christie won a first World Cup race of the season, taking the 500m in Seoul.

Still on the ice Eve Muirhead skipped her rink to a first European curling title in six years, while Kyle Smith settled for silver in the men’s event.

There was also British success on the snow as Katie Summerhayes ended her four-year World Cup medal drought with ski slopestyle silver in Austria while Ormerod won snowboard big air World Cup silver in Milan.

While at the Trampoline World Championships Kat Driscoll picked up her fifth career medal with team bronze alongside Laura Gallagher and Isabelle Songhurst, which added to synchro silver for Luke Strong and Nathan Bailey.

December

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With sport winding down for the festive period it was our turn to take the limelight as we announced the five short track speed skaters that will don the Team GB skinsuit at PyeongChang 2018.

Led by triple world champion Elise Christie, the squad also includes Olympic debutants Josh Cheetham, Farrell Treacy and Kat Thomson, as well as Sochi 2014 veteran Charlotte Gilmartin.

And there was Olympic success at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony as four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah picked up the prize for the first time in his career.

Back to the action and Andrew Musgrave scored his first ever cross-country skiing World Cup podium with bronze in the 15km interval start event in Toblach, Italy.

And there was further success for taekwondo stars Bianca Walkden and Jade Jones, with the duo defending their Grand Prix Finale titles while Adam Peaty picked up his first European short course title in Copenhagen.

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