Great Britain: 12 facts for the Sochi 2014 Paralympics13.02.2014
Great Britain will send a team of 11 athletes and three guides to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
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• Great Britain have won 21 medals (6 silver, 15 bronze) but have yet to produce their first Paralympic champion at the Winter Games.
• At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, Great Britain returned home without a single medal in spite of 21 attempts at pocketing one.
• The best result by a British participant at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics was a fourth place by alpine skier Kelly Gallagher who just finished outside the podium in the women’s giant slalom visually impaired.
• Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans are Ones to Watch, and possibly Britain’s most promising medal hopefuls.
• Their last medal at the Winter Paralympics was claimed by their wheelchair curling team in 2006: They took home a silver.
• Great Britain have won a total of 562 gold medals at the Summer Paralympics, a total trumped only by the United States' 731.
• The most successful British Paralympic participant is swimmer Mike Kenny who has won 16 gold medals. He is one of only four Paralympians to win at least that many.
• At the London 2012 Games, in front of a home crowd, the British claimed 34 Paralympic gold medals, enough for third place in the overall medal table behind China (94) and Russia (36).
Caroline Powell (guide to Jade Etherington), Twitter: @CarolineSkier
Rachael Ferrier (guide to Millie Knight), Twitter: @rachael_ferrier,