Great Britain at the 2006 Winter Olympics


Great Britain at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Infobox Olympics Great Britain
games=2006 Winter
competitors=41
sports=
flagbearer= Rhona Martin (opening)
Shelley Rudman (closing)
gold=0
silver=1
bronze=0
total=1
rank=21

The United Kingdom competed under the name Great Britain at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Athletes from Northern Ireland were generally free to participate for either this team or the Ireland team under a long-standing settlement between the British Olympic Association and the Olympic Council of Ireland. Forty-one athletes were selected for these Winter Games.

Medallists

ilver

* Skeleton
** Women's skeleton: Shelley Rudman

Results by event

Alpine skiing

In the Super-G and downhill, Chemmy Alcott is a rare female competitor in a historically male-dominated GB team. Noel Baxter, Alain Baxter and James Leuzinger were the men's representatives in the slalom, and the Baxters also raced in the giant slalom. Finlay Mickel and Roger Cruickshank were the men's downhill and Super-G skiers.

In the men's downhill, Finlay Mickel finished 25th, 2.68 seconds behind the winner Antoine Dénériaz. Roger Cruickshank, skiing with a knee-brace, finished 37th, 5.85 behind. Noel Baxter finished 14th in the men's combined. Cruickshank also finished 37th in the giant slalom before announcing his retirement from skiing.

;Men's combined:

;Men's Super-G:

;Women's giant slalom:

;Men's 20 km individual:

Bobsleigh

The men chosen for the 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh event were: Marcus Adam, Dan Humphries, Lee Johnston, Karl Johnston and Martin Wright.

Women for the 2-man event were Nicola Minichiello and Jackie Davies

Curling

Britain sent two teams to the Olympic curling competition. All of the members of both teams were Scottish. The women's team were the defending Olympic gold medallists.

The members of the men's team were Euan Byers, Ewan McDonald, David Murdoch, Warwick Smith and Craig Wilson. The members of the women's team were Kelly Wood, Lynn Cameron, Deborah Knox, Jacqueline Lockhart, and Rhona Martin.

The men lost the bronze medal match to the USA while the women did not progress past the round-robin initial round.

Figure skating

The British figure skating representatives were Sinéad Kerr and her brother John Kerr, who competed in ice dancing. They hail from Scotland and Turin was their first Olympic games.

Luge

The British luge participants for 2006 were Mark Hatton and AJ Rosen. Hatton finished a disappointing 35th place after coming off his luge on his third run of four, although he stayed in contact with the luge and remounted. Rosen finished in 16th place.

Men's singles luge

nowboarding

The GB team made its début on the Olympic halfpipe in 2006. Kate Foster, Zoe Gillings, Lesley McKenna and Daniel Wakeham made up the young quartet.

Wakeham finished 26th in men's halfpipe qualifying, missing the final. Gillings qualified 12th for the Snowboard Cross quarter-finals (a new event for the Winter Olympics) with a time of 1:31. She failed to progress further, being taken out of the heat following a collision.

Halfpipe

Men's halfpipe

In men’s halfpipe, there were two qualifying runs. The top 6 men from each qualifying run were advanced to the finals. In the first qualifying run, the top 6 scores ranged from 39.4 - 43.8 points. In the second qualifying run, the top 6 scores ranged from a 37.9 - 45.3 points. Shaun White from the United States won the gold medal with a final run score of 46.8 points. Andy Finch of the United States had the lowest final score of 24.7 points and took 12th place.

External links

* [http://www.boa.org.uk/ British Olympic Association]


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