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British chief Robertson is so proud after GB's historic Games

 

By Ed Elliott

British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson declared it mission accomplished after Team GB were welcomed home from their most successful Winter Olympics.

Britain's athletes landed at Heathrow yesterday afternoon following a record-breaking trip to South Korea.

Their five medals in Pyeongchang - gold for Lizzy Yarnold and bronzes for Laura Deas, Dom Parsons, Izzy Atkin and Billy Morgan - was one more than they had previously managed since the inaugural Games back in 1924.

Speaking alongside Yarnold, BOA CEO Bill Sweeney and chef de mission Mike Hay, Robertson said: "We had some serious ambitions before these Games. We were confident the team we were sending out was the best prepared team that have left these shores for a Winter Games.

"And I think as a nation we always saw this as part of a continuum where we had performed extraordinarily well in three successive summer Olympics, in Beijing, in London and then in Rio.

"And actually winter sport was one of the great improving stories in this country so we were very ambitious.

"The results of that, I am delighted to say, 16 days later thanks to the efforts of Lizzy (Yarnold) and others is that we have come home after our most successful ever Winter Games and that is a fantastic result.

"I think the pipeline is strong and the potential for future success is extremely good."

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