Team GB medal hopefuls to watch at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Team GB's biggest medal prospects at Beijing Winter Olympics

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Team GB’s athletes arrive in Beijing knowing they have a mammoth task ahead to replicate the success the group had four years ago. Five medals – one gold and the rest bronze – were secured by British athletes at the last Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

As an isolated figure, that may not seem like a huge number.

But it is when you consider just how up against it UK athletes are when it comes to these sports which heavily favour those countries who already have the weather and climate to practice.

British winter athletes have been forced to get creative to be able to compete, and as a result there are some bona fide medal contenders among their ranks for the latest edition of the Winter Olympics.

Express Sport takes a look at some of those best placed to bring some Games glory back to British shores.

Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds – Curling

For a while Britain has had some strong curling teams, with the Scots in particular leading the charge when it comes to this particular cult sport.

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There is talent among the men’s and women’s teams, with Eve Muirhead on the hunt for another medal after leading her side to bronze at Sochi 2014.

But Team GB’s best chance might well be in the mixed doubles, where Mouat and Dodds are the current world champions.

Gold medals might be hard to come by for the Brits, but this is where one of them might just lie.

Charlotte Bankes – Snowboard cross

Another potential Olympic champion comes in the form of Bankes, who now competes for the British side having switched allegiance from France.

Since she decided to compete for her birth country, she has become the world snowboard cross champion and has enjoyed a brilliant season so far.

She is the favourite to take gold in Beijing, and is probably Team GB’s best chance of standing atop the podium.

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Dave Ryding – Alpine skiing

Not a sport in which British athletes have generally been able to compete, but that might change this year.

Aged 35, Ryding would usually be regarded an unlikely medal prospect – but the same was true when he turned up for the Alpine skiing World Cup in Kitzbuhel a few weeks ago.

Not only did he make it to the podium in the men’s slalom, but he turned heads within and beyond the sport by winning the event.

One victory in a separate event doesn’t mean he’s going to set the world alight at the Olympics, but coming into the Games on the back of that extraordinary success can be no bad thing.

Laura Deas/Brogan Crowley – Skeleton

Female British skeleton racers have been nothing short of dominant over the past three Games.

Team GB have taken gold at every Olympics since and including Vancouver 2010, when Amy Williams became the champion and began a period of unprecedented success.

Lizzy Yarnold took over from her in 2014 and defended her title successfully last time out, but has now retired from competition.

Laura Deas took bronze in Pyeongchang and will hope to carry on that incredible streak, though her form is not where it was four years ago.

Brogan Crowley is a young hopeful who is more focussed on challenging in four years’ time, but could spring a surprise in Beijing to prove that she is ready right now.

Gus Kenworthy – Freestyle skiing

Like Bankes, Kenworthy is another athlete representing Team GB for the first time after competing under a different flag in the past.

The Essex-born skiier has represented the US team in the past, but now brings his experience of two previous Olympics to the British team.

His build-up to these Games has been far from smooth, having suffered from Covid and concussions, among other issues.

But he is a past silver medallist and certainly has the know-how and experience to stand on the podium again if he is fit and at the peak of his powers.

He also has some acting experience, so could bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to the Games.

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