Performance Directors and Team Leaders from Olympic Winter Sports gathered in Loughborough yesterday to discuss lessons learned from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with the British Olympic Association and other key stakeholders including UK Sport, EIS, SIS and TASS. The day began the journey to the Games in Pyeongchang 2018.
All sports which were part of Team GB in Sochi have contributed to the debrief process which will then form the basis of planning for the next Olympic Winter Games. Between now and 2018, there will also be a European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Austria & Liechtenstein in 2015 and a Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016 where Team GB will compete.
The meeting was led by Bill Sweeney, CEO of the British Olympic Association who commented:
“We probably took the most competitive Team GB ever to an Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where we won four medals and achieved 13 top eight finishes. This is a strong base to build from in four years’ time – and the planning starts now. A successful Team GB requires close collaboration with the different sports, key stakeholders and by learning what worked well for the sports and athletes in Sochi – as well as where we can improve, we can make a well informed and robust start to the journey to Pyeongchang.”
Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director for GB Short Track commented:
“Sochi was a Games of fine margins for our sport – our athletes produced some outstanding performances and can take great pride in that. For everyone involved it is now all about looking forward and how we can build on this year on the road to 2018. The support we received from the BOA in Sochi was exceptional and as a sport we look forward to working alongside them on plans for Pyeongchang.”
Gary Anderson, Performance Director of UK Bobsleigh:
“It is always a useful exercise to look back on what has happened to help inform your future planning. We saw many positives from Sochi and great feedback from the athletes. Like any sport, we don’t rest on our laurels and the journey to Pyeongchang starts now. We look forward to working with the BOA over the next four years on that journey.”
Mike Hay, Chef De Mission for Team GB at the Sochi Games commented:
“On a personal level, I was incredibly proud to have been Chef De Mission for Team GB out in Sochi. Working alongside a dedicated team and world class athletes was inspiring. Looking forward however, I will take just as much pride in helping to ensure we take on board all of the feedback we have received from the sports to help us improve the Olympic environment for our athletes at future events.”
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games takes place in Pyeongchang between 9 – 25 February 2018. The European Youth Olympic Festival takes place between 25 – 30 January 2015 in Vorarlberg, Austria and Liechtenstein. The 2016 Youth Olympic Games takes place between 12 – 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.