Great Britain's Winter Olympics team challenged to secure at least five medals
Last Updated: 09/01/18 6:11pm
Great Britain's team for the Winter Olympics has been challenged to break a medal-winning record by UK Sport.
UK Sport has set a target of at least five medals from the team heading to Pyeongchang in South Korea for the Games, which begin on February 9.
The British team equalled its 1924 record haul of four medals at the 2008 Winter Olympics in Sochi, although that could rise to five because of the Russian doping scandal potentially adding a further bronze medal from the four-man bobsleigh team.
UK Sport has more than doubled investment in winter sports since Sochi, putting up a total of £32m over the four years leading up to the 2018 Games.
Lizzy Yarnold was Britain's sole gold medal winner in Russia four years ago, while David Murdoch's men's curling team won a silver and Eve Muirhead's women's team claimed bronze - the fourth medal was a bronze from Jenny Jones in the women's slopestyle snowboarding competition.
Yarnold, who has struggled this season, has been given a top-eight target for 2018 along with team-mate Laura Deas.
Short-track speedskating star Elise Christie and her team-mates have been given a target of one-to-two medals.
The other UK Sport targets are two-to-three medals in skiing and snowboarding, one-to-two in curling, one in bobsleigh and a minimum top-eight finish in figure skating.
UK Sport director of performance Chelsea Warr said: "One of the unique aspects of winter sport is its unpredictability.
"The best way to describe is this 'Theatre of Jeopardy'. It is high risk, it has high reward, it has high stakes in a very competitive arena. That's what makes it so exciting, but also very nerve-racking."