Sochi 2014: Team GB facts and figures

23 February 2014 / 17:32

Olympic historian Philip Barker has been digging through the record books as we look back on a memorable two weeks in Sochi.

* Lizzy Yarnold’s success meant Britain had won successive winter gold medals in the same event for the first time since 1980 when Robin Cousins followed John Curry with individual skating gold.

* Her gold in Skeleton extended Team GBs medal winning streak in the same event to four.

* Team GB have won a medal in every women’s skeleton event there has ever been. In the summer Games this achievement has been replicated in women’s modern pentathlon.

* When the men’s curling team qualified for the final, they guaranteed the first winter medal won by a British man in the new millennium. The last was the four man bobsleigh in 1998.

* It was the first time both men and women’s curling teams have won a medal at the same Games.

* The men’s curling final was on 21st February – the anniversary of the women’s curling gold in 2002.

* Lizzy Yarnold won skeleton gold on Valentine's Day - exactly 30 years to the day after Torvill and Dean won gold in 1984.

* A snowboard slopestyle bronze for Jenny Jones was the first  won on snow in any Games dating back to the first in 1924. A medal was awarded for Alpinism (mountaineering) in 1924 but this was not for competition at the Games and is not counted in medal standings.

* Team GB have won gold in 1924, 1964,1984 and 2014 - only in 1994 have they failed to win gold when the year ends in four in winter Games. But they still won two medals that year. There were no winter Games in 1944 and the current cycle was introduced after 1992.

And finally....

Great Britain ended the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a medal tally of one gold, one silver and two bronzes - an identical record to 1924 in Chamonix. However, 1924 Games attracted only 20 nations and 376 participants - and only 16 women.