An eight-strong team of British male curlers claimed the first ever Team GB Olympic Winter Games gold medal. The team, selected by a committee from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, returned to the UK victorious, with Sweden winning the silver medal and France winning bronze.
Team GB men’s hockey team shocked the world when they beat Canada to the gold medal. In the process, they became the first ever team to win an Olympic, World and European Championship, and the first to win all three in the same year.
First Athlete to win multiple Winter Olympic Medals
After winning bronze in the ladies singles figure skating at St Moritz 1948, Jeannette Altwegg went onto enjoy an ever greater Olympic moment when she skated to gold at Oslo 1952. To this day, she still remains the only British woman to have won two individual medals at a Winter Games.
The Innsbruck Games ended a 12 year wait for Team GB to win a medal, with Tony Nash and Robin Dixon taking gold in the Men’s Bobsleigh race.
Fact: The 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck were threatened by lack of snow before the Austrian army rushed to the rescue, carving out 200,000 ice bricks from a mountain top and transporting them to the bobsled and luge runs. They also carried 40,000 cubic metres of snow to the Alpine skiing courses.
Lake Placid 1980
Robin Cousins won gold in figure skating at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, keeping the men’s title in Britain for a second successive games.
Over 24 million people tuned in to watch Torvill and Dean be crowned as Olympic ice skating champions who scored maximum points for their free dance performance of Ravel’s Bolero. Their gold medal kept the Olympic figure skating title in Britain for a third consecutive year.
Eddie the Eagle
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards became the first competitor to represent Team GB in Olympic ski jumping. Although he finished last in the 70m and 90m events, he became famous as an example of a plucky underdog and his story has since been told on the silver screen.
Team GB’s first medal
Nicky Gooch became the first Brit to win any Olympic speed skating medal by claiming bronze at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer in the men’s 500m.
Salt Lake City 2002
The incredibly tense final saw Rhona Martin and her team beat Switzerland with the very last throw. Team GB’s women curlers secured the country’s first Winter Olympics Gold medal in 18 years.
Jenny Jones wins first British medal on snow
The first Brit to win an Olympic Winter Games medal in a snow event. It was the first time that slopestyle had been included on the Olympic programme, Jenny Jones took the bronze at Sochi 2014 with a best score of 87.95.