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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 February 2006, 10:24 GMT
Team GB: Ones to watch
Kristan BromleyAlain BaxterJackie DaviesRhona MartinLesley McKennaFinlay Mickel

Team GB won two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics - gold in the women's curling and bronze with Alex Coomber in the women's skeleton bob.

We assess some of the best medal chances at the 2006 Games in Turin, which starts on 10 February.


Kristan Bromley

DOB: 07.03.72
Lives: Bath
Likelihood of medal: Good chance
Games competed in: 1, 2002 (13th)
Career highlight: World Cup champion 2004

Bromley first got involved in the skeleton event when he was asked to design a sled while working as a design engineer at British Aerospace.

He is now able to combine his career as an athlete with that as a research officer at the University of Bath.

Nicknamed Dr Ice, Bromley has set up a company with his brother Richard to look at innovations to help British winter sports teams to improve and has worked with luge and speed-skating so far.

He attributes meticulous planning to winning the World Cup title in 2004 and he is back in form for the Winter Olympics.

Bromley says being a skeleton slider is controlled madness - he has to battle nerves and the fear of the track before each race.

When not sliding, Bromley enjoys moto-cross, football (he is a Liverpool fan) and basketball and his girlfriend is GB skeleton slider Shelley Rudman.

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Alain Baxter

DOB: 26.12.73
Lives: Aviemore
Likelihood of medal: Outside chance
Games competed in: 2, 1998, 2002
(31st, giant slalom 1998; third place in 2002 slalom wiped from records for failing drugs test)
Career highlight: 4th World Cup slalom, Are, Sweden 2001

Sadly for Baxter, he is probably best known among the British public for having his bronze medal from the 2002 Games taken away for failing a drugs test.

He has not been in great form ahead of Turin 2006 and took six weeks out at the end of last season for knee surgery.

But he genuinely believes he could spring a shock once again.

Baxter is an accomplished ice hockey and shinty player, plays tennis, golf (to a 12 handicap), cycles and swims too. He has also competed a rally.

The skier won the BBC's Superstars competition in 2004 and brought out his autobiography Unfinished Business last year.

He is engaged to be married to Sheila Dow, whom he met at skier Finlay Mickel's wedding last year.

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Jackie Davies
DOB: 23.06.77
Lives: Corsham, Wiltshire
Likelihood of medal: Good chance
Games competed in: 1, 2002 (11th)
Career highlight: Silver medal, World Championships 2005

Davies is a corporal in the Army and serves as a telecommunications technician in the Royal Signals.

She has taken a year-long sabbatical from the Armed Forces to prepare for her second Winter Olympics.

Davies only started her bobsleigh career in 2000 after trying the sport at an Army ice camp.

She was immediately hooked and qualified for the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City for what was the inaugural women's bobsleigh.

Davies and team-mate Nicola Minichiello won a silver medal at the world championships in 2005, becoming the first British women to win bobsleigh honours. And they finished a morale-boosting third at the final World Cup race before the Olympics.

She is incredibly close to Minichiello and was bridesmaid during her wedding in the summer.

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DOB: 12.10.66
Lives: Dunlop
Likelihood of medal: Fair chance
Games competed in: 1, 2002 (1st)
Career highlight: Olympic gold medal winning skip, Salt Lake City

It was Martin's brother who introduced her to curling at the age of 16 and she showed her natural talent immediately.

Martin almost did not make it to Salt Lake City after suffering from an acute stomach problem at the Team GB holding camp in Calgary, Canada - a week before the Games began.

But she was well enough to skip the team and the rest is history with gold medal glory at the Ogden Ice Sheet.

The curling "stone of destiny" is now housed in a Scottish sports museum.

The team has struggled to reach the heights since then and the curling association brought in a new selection system which is based on personal performances rather than team results.

Martin has split up with her husband Keith and is mother to Jennifer, 13, and 10-year-old Andrew.

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Lesley McKenna

DOB: 09.08.74
Lives: Aviemore
Event: Snowboarding
Likelihood of medal: Fair chance
Games competed in: 1, 2002 (17th)
Career highlight: 1st in World Cup half-pipes, Sapporo, Japan 2003 and Tandalen, Sweden, 2003

McKenna was a former slalom skier who changed codes and started snowboarding in 1996 after a ski accident, before joining the World Cup tour in 1998.

She was disappointed with her performance at Salt Lake City and is determined to do better this time.

McKenna has been hampered by injuries for the last two seasons (broken jaw and broken ankle) but returned to the world stage at the end of December and finished a competent 13th and 11th.

A cousin of skier Alain Baxter, McKenna has also been busy producing and starring in all-girl snowboard films Dropstitch and Transfer.

She does not have much spare time but enjoys reading and surfing when she gets the chance.

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Finlay Mickel
DOB: 6.12.77
Lives: Edinburgh
Likelihood of medal: Fair chance
Games competed in: 0
Career highlight: 10th in World Cup, Wengen, 2006; 11th World Championships downhill, 2005

This will be Mickel's first Winter Olympics as the skier suffered the heartache of breaking his leg a month before the 2002 Games.

Rated in the top 25 in the world in downhill skiing, he has been rising up the rankings and recorded his first top 10 result this season.

He has a new Italian management company who have nicknamed him Quick Mick and other clients include footballer Alessandro del Piero and ski veteran Kristian Ghedina.

Mickel got married last summer and when he is not skiing he enjoys all water sports and table football.

He is also an accomplished piper although his father will be bringing his bagpipes to blast out tunes during the Olympic race on 12 February.

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