PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018- Super Saturday
Great Britain are just one medal away from reaching their greatest tally of at a Winter Olympics. UK Sport predicted a total of between four and ten medals but set a target of at least five. The Funding for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic amount was in excess of £32m – more than double than it was for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
After a sluggish start in PyeongChang, Team GB have equalled their record of four from Sochi, and Chamonix in 1924, due to the efforts of skeleton sliders Lizzy Yarnold, Laura Deas and slopestyle skier Izzy Atkin – claiming three medals in South Korea to seal their most successful day in 94 years of the winter games.
The team’s success on ‘Super Saturday’ added to Dom Parsons’ bronze medal in the men’s skeleton on Friday making it four medals. The current group is the largest-ever British team at any Winter Olympics and is made up of 59 athletes, competing across 11 of 15 disciplines in PyeongChang.
The persistent Lizzy Yarnold created history of her own, becoming the country’s first winter athlete to win back-to-back golds with an amazing late flourish in the skeleton. Through her double triumphs in Sochi and PyeongChang -Finishing four runs in 3 minutes, 27.28 seconds ,she won by nearly half a second over Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling. Lizzy had been trailing leader Janine Flock of Austria going into the fourth and final run she made up the deficit to win by 0.45 seconds. Yarnold produced a moment for posterity. So, too, Atkin,who earned Britain a first-ever skiing medal with a bronze in slopestyle.
Izzy Atkin became the first British skier to win an Olympic medal after a nerveless final run in the ladies’ ski slopestyle. The 19 year old, who was born in the US to a British father and Malaysian mother, was in fourth place going into her last of three runs, but then landed all her tricks to finish with 84.80 points. Izzy finished behind Switzerland/s Sarah Hoefflin, Who took gold with 91.20, and Mathilde Gremaud, who won silver with a score of 88.00.
James Woods agonisingly missed out on claiming an historic fifth medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics for Great Britain when he finished fourth in the men’s ski slopestyle. Woods entered the last of three final runs in PyeongChang in bronze medal position thanks to a second run score of 91.00. But he was knocked off the podium by a later run from American Nick Goepper, who took silver, with Canada’s Alex Beauleu-Marchand claiming bronze, just 1.4 points ahead of Woods.
Sadly, Elise Christie was unable to bring home the record fifth medal, as she was taken to hospital after crashing out of the women’s 1500m short track speed skating semi-final at PyeongChang 2018. Christie looks on track to winning her injury battle and have one last crack at winning an Olympic medal after returning to the ice on Monday.