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Team GB set ambitious medal target for 2018 Winter Olympics

Team GB set ambitious medal target for 2018 Winter Olympics

09/01/2018 at 15:17Updated 09/01/2018 at 16:46

UK Sport have given Team GB a medal target of five at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

A haul of five medals would represent Britain's best ever performance at the Winter Olympics.

[Every minute of the Pyeongchang Games will be live on Eurosport Player]

A minimum target of four medals have been set, with the top end of expectations at 10 podium places.

Lee Hee-Beom shows the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal

Lee Hee-Beom shows the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medalGetty Images

UK Sport's director of performance, Chelsea Warr, said:

" After a number of strong performances from GB athletes across this winter sport season, our agreed medal target with sports shows that PyeongChang 2018 has the potential to be our best winter Games yet."

“We know that our goals for any Games are always ambitious," Warr continued.

"However, this is a particularly stretching target given the high risks, low margins for error across a range of events we have medal opportunities in, and in some events more unpredictable outdoor terrains that our athletes will need to skilfully navigate.

"Nevertheless, some fantastic work has gone on behind the scenes by all the teams working with our athletes to ensure they are the best prepared in the world.”

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The Chef de Mission for Team GB, was more circumspect, saying there were, 'no guarantees,' over perfomance, but went on to say:

“The target of a best ever Olympic Winter Games is indicative of just how far the athletes and their National Governing Bodies have progressed over the past four years.

"It is a reflection of the growth we have seen across many of our winter sports that they have medal potential on the world stage and that Great Britain is a now viewed as a credible winter nation."

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