Winter Olympics/ Commonwealth Games: The BBC’s glorious year of sport
The legacy of London 2012 lives on. With our love of athletics re-ignited, all eyes turn to Glasgow from 23 July for the Commonwealth Games. Before then, however, attention turns to the Winter Olympics, which take place 7–23 February.
The Russian city of Sochi is a Black Sea resort more famous for its beaches than its ski runs. But with a reported $50bn invested in the region in preparation for the Winter Olympics, rest assured some serious snow-making machines will be on standby if required. Athletes to watch include formidable American skier Lindsey Vonn and South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim, who is set to retire after the Games.
As for British hopes, our best-ever Winter Olympic medal tally to date is four. Having already captained Scotland’s curling team to World Championship gold, 23-year-old Eve Muirhead looks set to become Britain’s poster girl for Sochi 2014. In the skeleton, Britain has won a medal at every Games. Amy Williams landed a surprise gold in 2010, while this year Shelley Rudman, 32, will be striving to improve on her silver medal in 2006.