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GB and the Winter Olympics

BobsleighIs it really four years since the last Winter Olympics?

Sochi was instantly forgettable of course, even more so having just watched Icarus - an expose of the alleged Russian doping of some of its athletes competing at the games.

GB has won a surprising 21 medals at the Winter Olympics since they started in 1924. Golds in figure skating, ice hockey and curling have been supplemented with silvers and bronzes in bobsleigh, figure skating, skeleton and curling.

The women's team that won the Gold in curling in Salt Lake City in 2002 came as no surprise to a former work colleague, combining, in his opinion, the two standout skills of the distaff side; throwing things and mopping. Yep; he is divorced and does now live alone.

Who can forget Torvill and Dean winning Gold in Sarajevo and the nation itself winning the world "Holding your breath" Gold by watching them, willing Jane or Christopher not to fall over and the judges not to have been knobbled to give the high marks to another pair.

Remarkably, we won the ice hockey in 1936. The Games were held in Nazi Germany that year with the winter events being held in Garmisch-Partenkirche which as Nicolas Howe wrote were two Bavaria villages separated by a hyphen and a small stream.

Our ice hockey squad of thirteen were all born in Britain, apart from one, but virtually all of them had been raised in Canada and had played ice hockey there. In a strangely formatted tournament, we beat all the hot favourites and ran out Gold medal winners after 8 matches.

Say Winter Olympics to me though and I immediately think of Eddie the Eagle; a ski jumper that epitomises the very best of British sport; immensely brave, totally fearless but never likely to make the podium. Plenty of athletes are now though, lottery money has seen to that.

Sometimes though, I miss the old days.

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, between 9-25 February 2018.

Monsieur Mogul

 

Monsieur Mogul – Our man in La Plagne

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