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UK Sport expects winter funding boost

ESPN staff
February 24, 2014
Lizzy Yarnold made it two successive Winter Olympic golds for Great Britain in the skeleton © Getty Images

UK Sport has announced it expects to increase winter sports funding following Team GB's record-equalling performance at Sochi 2014.

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Great Britain won four medals in Sochi - equalling the total from the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924 - and may now receive a funding boost ahead of the 2018 event in South Korea.

Six sports shared £13.4 million in the time since the 2010 Games but UK Sport chief Liz Nicholl admits she expects that will increase.

"It's been an outstanding Games and the athletes need and deserve the support," UK Sport chief Liz Nicholl said.

"I can't say what the investment will be from sport-to-sport as we'll discuss that with them over the coming weeks and months, but I am anticipating more investment in winter sport."

Lizzy Yarnold took Britain's only gold of the Games in the skeleton, with Jenny Jones finishing third in slopestyle's Olympic debut, while in curling there was silver for the men and bronze for the women.

That haul left Britain 19th in the medal table and Nicholl insists the nation should aim for their greatest-ever Winter Olympics in four years time.

"We're anticipating building on it and will be going for more medals in 2018. The success has shown that the approach we have taken to athletes, and supporting sports with medal prospects, is working.

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