Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golden Tint to British Games; Amy Is Star of the Show for Team GB in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golden Tint to British Games; Amy Is Star of the Show for Team GB in Vancouver

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THE whole team came to Whistler under financial pressure following the collapse of governing body Snowsport GB and although the BOA underwrote their Olympic campaign concerns over future funding must have preyed on their minds.

Lone British female Chemmy Alcott's best result was 11th in the Super Combined and she also had top-20 finishes in the downhill (13th) and Super-G (20th) as well as 30th place in the giant slalom.

Britain's three men were all making eir Olympic debuts with Ed Drake 29th in the men's Super Combined, 32nd in the Super-G, 38th in the downhill and 43rd in the giant slalom.

Andy Noble won the Team GB battle over Dave Ryding in both the slalom and giant slalom, finishing 32nd in the slalom, 0.03 seconds and one place ahead of his team-mate in the former and 11 places above him in 38th in the latter.

BIATHLON Lee-Steve Jackson became the first British athlete to qualify for the men's 12.5km pursuit, finishing 56th and he registered a personal best-equalling 27:18.1 in the 10km sprint for 55th place. He also placed 66th in the individual 20km.

BOBSLEIGH Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke's hopes of converting a 2009 world title into Olympic gold came to nought when GBR1 crashed out of the women's twoman bobsleigh, leaving GBR2 piloted by Paula Walker with Kelly Thomas as brakewoman to fly the flag in 10th place. The men's two-man team of John Jackson and Dan Money also crashed out of but Jackson and Money returned with Henry Nwume and Allyn Condon in the four-man event and bounced back from overturning again to finish 17th.

CROSS-COUNTRY Teenagers Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Fiona Hughes all made their Olympic debuts, becoming Britain's first Olympic cross-country skiers.

Musgrave finished the men's 30km pursuit in 51st, the 15km free in 55th and the men's individual sprint classic in 58th while Young placed 60th in the sprint, and 74th in the 15km free.

In the women's 10km free, Hughes came home in 68th place.

CURLING There was plenty of frustration for Britain, David Murdoch's world champions failed to reach the semi-finals. The women's team, skipped by 19-yearold Eve Muirhead, failed to capitalise on a strong start eventually losing their final five games to finish in seventh. …

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