Day seven preview: Gillings excited for Olympics number four
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Day seven preview: Gillings excited for Olympics number four

15 February 2018 / 18:00
It’s one week from the opening ceremony and the start of a big weekend for Team GB. Skeleton will be the focus at the start of the day, while there’s also snowboarding, cross-country skiing, curling and alpine skiing action to enjoy. Who needs sleep eh?



Zoe Gillings-Brier is the first British snowboarder to compete in four Olympics and goes in the women’s snowboard cross, with qualifying starting at 10am (1am UK time).

She’s finished 15th, eighth and ninth in her previous appearances and this is her first Games as a mum.

"Lea, now one, absolutely loves snowboarding - she keeps asking to go again, again,” she said.

"It has been very busy training while being a mum. It's not easy but it is possible and I am delighted to be able to do both.

"I think I'm looking forward to this Games even more than I have the past three."



Dom Parsons sits in fourth place, just three hundredths of a second off the podium, ahead of the final two runs of the men’s skeleton at 9.30am (12.30am). Great Britain haven’t won a men’s skeleton medal since 1948, will that all change here in PyeongChang? 

“It's what I've been working on for the last four years. Let's not get ahead of ourselves too much. I'll just focus on the next two runs first,” said Parsons, who competes alongside team-mate Jerry Rice, who is ranked 12th after two runs.
Laura Deas and defending champion Lizzy Yarnold put down the fastest two times during their six training runs and start their campaign at 8.20pm (11.20am). Lizzy is looking to become the first British Olympian to defend a Winter Olympic title on Saturday

Cross country skiing

Andrew Musgrave - seventh in the skiathlon on Sunday - will tackle his main event, the men’s 15km, at 3pm (6am).

“I only think about becoming an Olympic champion,” he said, when asked if he knew he'd be the first British skier to crack the Olympic podium.

“I’ve had time to reflect on what happened the other day and obviously I feel more satisfied with my performance. 

“I’m here to win events, but I can definitely take confidence out of how I performed and use it to my benefit.” 

Read our preview with Andrew and his coach



It’s a rest day for Eve Muirhead’s women’s rink but Kyle Smith's men are in action against Sweden at 8.05pm (11.05am). They are 2-1 so far after wins over Japan and Switzerland and a narrow loss to defending champions Canada.

And there’s edge to this match after they lost to Niklas Edin’s rink at the recent European Championship final.

Smith said: “That loss will spur us on and we’d like a bit of revenge, it’s not a special game because of what happened at the Europeans, it’s just another game. We’ve beaten them before and if we put it together then we won’t be far away.”

Alpine skiing

Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley will go in the rescheduled women’s slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre at 11am (2am). They are drawn 35th and 42nd. All eyes will be on American Mikaela Shiffrin, the winner of Thursday’s giant slalom. She will be looking to defend her title and do the double.

Sportsbeat 2018