Team GB Chief Mike Hay Admits They Need \'momentum\' After Elise Christie\'s Speed Skating Heartbreak Leaves Them Without A Medal In Pyeongchang

That came on the back of some underwhelming performances from medal hopes

  • Britain now face a 'hard' battle to hit target of five medals, according to Mike Hay
  • 'We need a little bit of momentum... it gives people belief,' the Team GB boss said
  • By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline

    Published: 04:31 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 04:31 EST, 14 February 2018

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    Team GB boss Mike Hay has admitted they need to find 'momentum' after failing to land a Winter Olympics medal after nearly a week in Pyeongchang.

    Britain suffered a huge setback on Tuesday when Elise Christie crashed out of the 500m speed skating final, which came on the back of some notably underwhelming performances from medal hopes in the snowboard.

    It leaves Britain facing a 'hard' battle to hit their target of five medals here, according to Hay. But the team's chef de mission, believes they can still meet the requirement agreed with UK Sport, who have put in £32m of funding in the past four years.

    Britain suffered a setback when Elise Christie crashed out of the 500m speed skating final

    Britain suffered a setback when Elise Christie crashed out of the 500m speed skating final

    'It would've been great to have got a great start (at the speed skating),' he said. 'We need a little bit of momentum to run through the team. It gives people the belief.

    'Elise will be disappointed, Katie Ormerod we felt was potentially a big chance in Big Air, and slopestyle may or may not have been (a chance) - you saw the wind out there, it became a bit of a lottery anyway.

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    'So that medal target is hard, it was tough in the first place. We didn't win any short-track medals in Sochi and we won four so I'm still confident we've got athletes to take us there.' 

    The breakthrough might yet come in the skeleton events, in which Laura Deas and Lizzy Yarnold have topped the leaderboards in training ahead of Friday's start, as has Dom Parsons in the men's practice sessions going into Thursday's opening round.

    The Team GB speed skater was left in tears after missing out on a medal in Pyeongchang

    The Team GB speed skater was left in tears after missing out on a medal in Pyeongchang

    Christie also goes again in the 1,500m on Saturday, though there are questions over her state of mind after the drama of the 500m.

    Hay believes the Scot needs to put Tuesday's disappointment in 'perspective' if she is to recover in her bids for 1,000m and 1500m medals, but is convinced she stronger psychologically than she was in Sochi 2014, where she suffered three disqualifications.

    He said: 'Anytime in the aftermath of a race like that and an Olympic final, you're going to feel a bit devastated. We've got time to get over that, you've got two good races still to come.

    The breakthrough could come via the likes of Lizzy Yarnold (above) in the skeleton events

    The breakthrough could come via the likes of Lizzy Yarnold (above) in the skeleton events

    'I understand why people will go back to Sochi - she had a pretty tough time there. She went into Sochi with the possibility of winning in all three events and this is a disappointment here. But that's all it is.

    'If we can't put it into perspective, she's not going to win in the next two. That's the challenge for us and for Elise to put it behind her and get up for the 1,000 and 1,500 because she's quality in both of these events.' Meanwhile, Team GB are satisfied their game-changing skeleton skin suits are compliant with the rules after complaints from rivals.

    A team statement said: 'We are confident that all competition equipment meets the technical and commercial requirements for every sport and discipline. We do not comment on specific technical aspects of equipment prior to competition.' 

    Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/winterolympics/article-5389943/Team-GB-need-momentum-Christie-heartbreak.html

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