Paralympic Winter Games
7-16 March

Great Britain: 12 facts for the Sochi 2014 Paralympics

Great Britain will send a team of 11 athletes and three guides to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. 13 Feb 2014
Great Britain's Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans in action in La Molina

Great Britain's Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans in action in La Molina

ⒸMarcus Hartmann Photography

• Great Britain have won 21 medals (6 silver, 15 bronze) but have yet to produce their first Paralympic champion at the Winter Games.

• At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, Great Britain returned home without a single medal in spite of 21 attempts at pocketing one.

• Great Britain will compete in two sports in Sochi: alpine skiing and wheelchair curling.

• The best result by a British participant at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics was a fourth place by alpine skier Kelly Gallagher who just finished outside the podium in the women’s giant slalom visually impaired.

• Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans are Ones to Watch, and possibly Britain’s most promising medal hopefuls.

• Their last medal at the Winter Paralympics was claimed by their wheelchair curling team in 2006: They took home a silver.

• There are two British athletes who have collected four medals at the Winter Paralympic Games: Richard Burt and Matthew Stockford, both in alpine skiing.

• Great Britain have won a total of 562 gold medals at the Summer Paralympics, a total trumped only by the United States' 731.

• The most successful British Paralympic participant is swimmer Mike Kenny who has won 16 gold medals. He is one of only four Paralympians to win at least that many.

• At the London 2012 Games, in front of a home crowd, the British claimed 34 Paralympic gold medals, enough for third place in the overall medal table behind China (94) and Russia (36).

• You can follow the British Paralympic team on Facebook and @ParalympicsGB on Twitter


Alpine Skiing

Kelly Gallagher, Twitter: @Kellygallagher, Facebook

Charlotte Evans (guide to Kelly Gallagher), Twitter: @CharEvans1, Facebook

Jade Etherington, Twitter: @raceyjadeski, Facebook

Caroline Powell (guide to Jade Etherington), Twitter: @CarolineSkier

Mick Brennan, Twitter: @MonoSkiMick, Facebook

Millie Knight, Twitter: @knight_millie, Facebook

Rachael Ferrier (guide to Millie Knight), Twitter: @rachael_ferrier,

Anna Turney, Twitter: @SkiRaceAnna, Facebook

James Whitley

Benjamin Sneesby

Wheelchair Curling

Gregor Ewan

Thomas Killin

Robert McPherson

Aileen Neilson

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