FIVE BRITONS TO WATCH; It's Snow Joke ... We Have Some Real Medal Contenders of Our Own in Vancouver. Matthew Beard Reports
Byline: Matthew Beard
BRITAIN'S winter Olympic team of around 50 athletes has been set the target of winning three medals, and if they achieve that aim it will be the best tally since the 1936 Games in the German border town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
While the battle for medals in the blue riband Alpine events is expected to be fought CHEMMY ALCOTT SKIING The 28-year-old pin-up from Twickenham is bidding to win Britain's first Olympic medal in Alpine skiing in her third Winter Games. She finished 11th at the 2006 Turin Games but insists she can make it to the podium this time. Alcott's Olympic preparations have been overshadowed by a cash crisis at the British Ski and Snowboard Federation (BSSF) which has cost Britain's top woman skier [pounds sterling]20,000. But she has funded her own training and insisted: "I don't just want to break into the top 10 -- I do believe I've got the talent to challenge for a medal, and a gold one would be fantastic!" When competing: Wednesday 17 February, 7pm.
SINEAD AND JOHN KERR FIGURE SKATING Scottish siblings Sinead and John Kerr hope to win Britain's first Olympic figure skating medal since Torvill and Dean won bronze at the 1994 Lillehammer Games to add to their Boleroassisted gold a decade earlier. Since teaming up in 2000, the Kerrs have won the British ice dance championship seven times. They finished 10th at the Turin Games and last year won bronze at the European championships. The brother and sister team hope to impress the judges with their interpretation of country music legend Johnny Cash's I've Been Everywhere. Before becoming a full-time skater John subsidised his earning as a part-time actor.
When competing: Monday 15 February, 1am.
SHELLEY RUDMAN SKELETON Rudman caused a sensation at the 2006 Turin Games when she won skeleton silver -- Team GB's only medal at the Games -- just three years after taking up the sport. Rudman only made it to Turin after between the Americans, Austrians, Swiss and Germans, the majority of British hopes could lie elsewhere.
Podium finishes are a real prospect in curling and the sliding events of bobsleigh and skeleton -- the "tea tray" on which Shelley Rudman won Britain's sole Olympic medal in the 2006 Turin Winter Games.
Here are some of Britain's medal hopes ...
locals in her home town of Pewsey, Wiltshire, raised [pounds sterling]4,000 for a professional-standard sled. …