Winter Olympics: Team GB eye up a medal in Skelton

Written by on 16th February 2018

It’s now Day 6 of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and over the last two days the Curling competition got underway, while overnight the men’s Skelton first runs took place.

Dom Parsons is looking to be in contention of a podium finish in the men’s skelton, Great Britain haven’t won a men’s skeleton medal since 1948 however the women’s competition has brought a gold medal at the last two Olympics.

Amy Williams took Gold in Vancouver back in 2010 and reigning Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is hoping to defend her title in PyeongChang after taking Gold in Sochi 2014.

During the early hours, Dom lay down some impressive runs putting him just three hundredth of a second behind the medal places.

Dom was fifth fastest on the first run but improved to fourth overall at the midway point of competition, just a fraction behind Latvia’s Martin Dukurs in bronze, the silver medallist from four years ago.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves too much. I’ll just focus on the next two runs first,” said Parsons.

“I think blocking it out is a bit counter-productive. I’ll be just make sure I’ve done all the work I need to do before I try to switch off and use something to distract me, a TV show, reading a book or whatever.”

Dom is back in action at half past midnight (so in literally a few hours) for the final two runs, where medal will be decided.

Meanwhile. Team GB is also looking to be among the medals in both the men’s and women’s curling competition after the teams both took medals at the last winter games in Russia back in 2014.

Women’s skip Eve Muirhead, who led the team to Bronze in Sochi 2014, has so far won two of the three round robin games with six still go.

The women’s rink, which also includes Anna Sloan who has represented Team GB in Sochi and Vancover 2010, lost 4-7 to USA but managed wins against the Olympic Athletes from Russia and China, 10-3 and 8-7.

Meanwhile, Team GB’s men curling team have also played three of their nine overall round robin games.

The men’s team took Silver at the last winter games but Kyle Smith is new skip for the men’s team and so far he’s led the team to two victories against Japan and Switzerland, 6-5 and 6-5.

But the lads, including Thomas Muirhead the brother of women’s skip Eve Muirhead, lost to Canada 4-6.

Kyle Smith’s men are in action against Sweden tomorrow at 11.05am UK time,

Meanwhile, elsewhere in PyeongChang, South Shields Amanda Lightfoot finished 73rd in the women’s 15km biathlon event, missing six targets in her four visits to the range.

Annika Taylor vowed to come back stronger from her maiden Olympic Games experience as she finished 75th in the women’s 10km free event.

The cross-country skier found the going tough, eventually crossing the line in 30:52:09, just under six minutes behind gold medallist Ragnhild Hagg of Norway.

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