Winter Sports News

As the snow hits the UK, winter sport is warming the hearts and coming to crucial points across all events.

In curling, Scotland’s women qualified for the top two playoff at the European Championships after they won seven of their nine round robin matches.

They will now face, Sweden, who also won seven, in the playoff for a chance at the final. The Scottish have been notoriously good at this event and could well hold the key for GB in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Scotland’s mens team didn’t fair so well however as they only won four of their nine games and languish down in seventh, with Norway taking top spot in the round robin format.

In the skeleton, Britain’s Shelley Rudman has played down her chances of grabbing a second gold medal in the World Cup event.

She currently lies fifth in the championship, after taking the crown last year, but said: “I’m not too confident. This track and Whistler are the ones I find quite difficult.”

Elsewhere, the British Elite Ice Hockey League saw some major clashes in this round and you can catch that in Puck Plays at the end of the week, as well as some interesting developments at the Sheffield Steelers.

Former GB sprinter Craig Pickering has taken up bobsleigh as he aims to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. He is not the first sprinter to make the switch and will be hoping to put track injuries behind him on the ice.

You can of course catch more snowboarding news on Tuesday with Jess Softley as well as staying one step ahead of the action by looking through the archives.



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