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GB's record medal haul lauded

By Phil Blanche

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has hailed Great Britain's Winter Olympics performance after a record medal haul in Pyeongchang.

Great Britain won five medals in South Korea - one gold and four bronze - to reach UK Sport's Games target.

Nicholl's comments come after critics claim the £28m investment in winter sport is too great, while sports such as basketball do not receive any financial assistance from UK Sport.

"This has been a hugely exciting Games for Team GB with more inspiring performances, podium places, near misses and top 10 finishes in a wide range of events," Nicholl said.

"National Lottery funding has enabled Britain to become more competitive across the spectrum of winter sports.

"I want to congratulate the British Olympic Association and all the athletes, coaches and support staff on their efforts, as well as everyone in the governing bodies and home country sports institutes who work so hard.

"It is the combination of that expertise and National Lottery investment, as well as the skill, courage and dedication of the athletes, that allows for all the inspirational Olympic and Paralympic moments, encouraging people to get more active, achieve their dreams and feel more proud as a nation."

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