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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2006, 12:30 GMT
Funding boost for GB winter stars
Shelley Rudman
Briton Rudman won silver in the skeleton in Turin
Britain's Winter Olympians will be boosted by an injection of 120,000 in the run-up to Vancouver in 2010.

British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Colin Moynihan will donate his 20,000-per-year honorarium, while business will also contribute.

The fund will be divided equally between the seven Olympic winter sports each year up to 2010.

"I hope it goes some way to ensure that our winter athletes are given the best possible opportunities," said Moynihan.

Olympic skeleton silver medallist Shelley Rudman said: "Every penny helps for Olympic winter athletes.

"Our training costs are very expensive as we spend the best part of the year travelling abroad to access the facilities we need.

"This fund can really assist athletes from all winter sports as they prepare for the greatest competition of their lives."

Britain's elite winter athletes also receive funding from the national lottery, administered by UK Sport, which contributed about 2.5m in the four-year cycle leading up to Turin.


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