Congratulations to Amy Williams winning Gold for Team GB
Well done Amy for winning Britains first individual Winter Olympic gold medal for 30 years. Amy Williams won her Gold in the skeleton bob.
Amy won her medal using the same courses as the bobsleigh event, but rather than being encased inside a mini-vehicle, she was lying down on what looks like a tea-tray!! It wasn’t really a tea-tray, but is a fairly flimsy-looking piece of plastic that is not t much defence against the ice at 85mph.
Amy, who is 27-years old and from Bath, was more than half a second quicker than the rest of the field at the Games in Vancouver, and becomes Britain’s first gold medallist in an individual discipline at the Winter Olympics since ice skater Robin Cousins, who triumphed at Lake Placid in 1980.
Williams, nicknamed “curly wurly” because of her frizzy hair, hugged team-mates and wrapped herself in a Union Flag after her win at the track in Whistler, Canada.
Olympic Debuts for Teenage Cross-Country Trio
Team GB’s trio of teenage cross-country skiers all impressed on their Olympic Winter Games debuts at Vancouver 2010.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Musgrave from Aberdeenshire was the highest placed British skier in the men’s 15km cross-country freestyle in 55th. He crossed the line in 36 minutes 32.4 seconds.
Seventeen-year-old Andrew Young, also from Aberdeenshire, came 74th in a time of 38 minutes 45.1 seconds in a field of 95 competitors.
In the women’s 10km freestyle, 19-year-old Fiona Hughes from Huddersfield finished 68th in 30 minutes 29.8 seconds in her only event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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Team GB Figure Skaters achieve personal bests
Team GB’s Olympic David King and Stacey Kemp achieved a personal best score of 139.94 to finish 16th in the pairs figure skating competition.
The pair backed up Sunday’s season’s best performance in the short programme, performed to music from Linkin Park, with another slick performance in the free programme on Monday, scoring 91.66 from a routine which included various lifts, spins, throws and flips.
“We were just trying to enjoy it here, every moment. It’s been a fantastic experience for us. We did a great Olympic programme. There’s a lot of pressure on you to perform here and we did great, we’re really happy. We’re feeling really pumped after this experience to get back and get working on the elements that we’re missing, the elements that we need to compete with the very best, so we want to take these next few years to polish these elements.”
The British pair received a rapturous response from the large crowd inside the Pacific Coliseum stadium.
Looking ahead to future King said “We’re 16th at the Olympics; we’ve got to move on from here. There’s a lot of hard work to do, but we’re looking forward to doing it. Our plan is to go back to our training base in Poland and train hard for Sochi 2014.”
The Opening Ceremony
The Games have now opened. Team GB were lead out by Shelley Rudman.
It was a highly anticipated evening of promise and pageantry in Vancouver as the Winter Games officially began.
The athlets were welcomed by aboriginal youth from across Canada — Inuit, Metis and the First Nations of the Prairies, the North and the East — by dancing around a massive drum in their traditional regalia.
2,700 athletes, representing 82 countries marched into the stadium under the Olympic Rings. Greece led the procession with host Canada the last to enter the stadium.
Those athletes enjoyed a celebration of Canada’s wild beauty — from the Northern Lights to a polar bear to a pod of orcas, who magically appeared when the floor appeared to crack like ice a transform into ocean. In between, they were treated to performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent including Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado, fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and singer Sarah McLachlan.
The Winter Olympics in London
The Mayor of London has formally welcomed the start of Winter Games with Vancouver in the Square
Trafalgar Square will be hosting its very own sporting extravaganza on Saturday 13 to mark the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
You will be able to watch the stunning opening ceremony of the Games on a giant outdoor screen, as well as try your hand at a range of ‘virtual’ winter sports.
There will be a four-metre high ice sculpture of the five Olympic rings, as well a the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of downhill slalom skiing, snowboarding, bobsleighing and a range of other interactive winter sports games, courtesy of SEGA.
Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 games consoles will be located in 10 pods on the square and those demonstrating interactive sporting prowess will be picked to compete against each other in front of thousands as their virtual skills are relayed on to the outdoor screen.