Ellia Smeding named as 50th and final Team GB athlete for Winter Olympics

Ellia Smeding named as 50th and final Team GB athlete for Winter Olympics

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1/24/2022 7:25:00 PM

Ellia Smeding named as 50th and final Team GB athlete for Winter Olympics

The chef de mission, Georgina Harland, hailed an ‘exciting new chapter’ and Team GB is believed to have set a target of three to seven medals in Beijing

will go into the Beijing Games as one of the best prepared teams and one that will be competitive across more disciplines than ever before,” added Harland.On Monday the British Olympic Association announced its 50th and final athlete for the Games, the speed skater Ellia Smeding, who will compete in the 1,000m and 1500m in Beijing.

The 23-year-old will join her partner, Cornelius Kersten, as the first British long-track speed skaters to compete at an Olympics for 30 years, after she set national records in the 500m, 1,000m and 1500m last month.The Team GB squad includes three returning bronze medallists – Izzy Atkin in slopestyle, Laura Deas in skeleton and Eve Muirhead in curling.

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Team GB will go into the Beijing Games as one of the best prepared teams and one that will be competitive across more disciplines than ever before,” added Harland. On Monday the British Olympic Association announced its 50th and final athlete for the Games, the speed skater Ellia Smeding, who will compete in the 1,000m and 1500m in Beijing. The 23-year-old will join her partner, Cornelius Kersten, as the first British long-track speed skaters to compete at an Olympics for 30 years, after she set national records in the 500m, 1,000m and 1500m last month. The Team GB squad includes three returning bronze medallists – Izzy Atkin in slopestyle, Laura Deas in skeleton and Eve Muirhead in curling. Quick Guide How do I sign up for sport breaking news alerts? Show Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhones or the Google Play store on Android phones by searching for 'The Guardian'. If you already have the Guardian app, make sure you’re on the most recent version. In the Guardian app, tap the yellow button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications. Turn on sport notifications. Thank you for your feedback. There are also high hopes for a strong team that includes alpine skier Dave Ryding, who won his first World Cup race on Saturday and world champion snowboarder Charlotte Bankes. The athletes will be departing the UK over the next 10 days. The competition starts on 2 February with the mixed curling, two days before the opening ceremony on 4 February. Topics