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Features Monday, 11 February, 2002, 01:54 GMT
Pipes are piping for Team GB
The Scottish members of the British Olympic squad are being treated to some traditional pipe music in Salt Lake City.
The pipers have entertained Team GB
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson catches up with Britain's musical support.

Great Britain's Winter Olympic team is over-run with Scottish athletes.

So in an attempt to spur them on, a pipe band has been brought into serenade the competitors during their events.

The Benlomond High School in Ogden, near Salt Lake City, has many historic links with Scotland and bag-pipe music is part of their curriculum.

So when the British Olympic Association and the Salt Lake Organising Committee had to find a pipe band - they did not have far to look.


I thought about going traditional with no underwear

Pipe leader Brandon Wirth
The Scots' band debut was at the women's half-pipe at Park City, where they entertained the crowd and fans of snowboarder Lesley McKenna, who hails from Aviemore.

But their renditions of Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace did little to improve McKenna's poor performance. She failed to qualify for the final.

The band will also be in action at the curling, where the GB men's and women's team - all Scottish - are medal chances, and alpine skiing events.

Pipe leader Brandon Wirth said: "We were more than happy to help out when we were contacted. "It's great to be a part of the Olympics - whatever you do.

"We have created a lot of interest so it's good publicity for the school."

Wirth, whose grandparents were from Edinburgh, was wearing his royal stuart tartan kilt. But he revealed he did have thermal underwear on - in the -16C temperatures.

He added: "I thought about going traditional with no underwear but it was far too cold for that!"

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