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Features Saturday, 16 February, 2002, 02:10 GMT
Tall order for Team GB
Alex Coomber in action last year
Coomber leads Britain's medal hopes in the second week
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson assesses Team GB's performance during the first week of the Winter Olympics.

Team GB has not had the best start to the Winter Olympics.

With a week already gone, there is no medal in the bag and many of our athletes have performed well below expectations.

But chef de mission of the British team, Simon Clegg, remains hopeful.

Before the Salt Lake Games, Clegg said he would be delighted if the team brought back more than two bronzes - which would be their biggest haul since 1948 in St Moritz.


I still believe we can come away with more than two bronze medals

Simon Clegg
Team GB's chef de mission
That now seems a tall order.

But Clegg told BBC Sport Online: "Don't judge this team by the results so far.

"It is too early to say at the moment if it has been a good Olympics or not, but we will have a full de-briefing when we return home.

"I still believe we can come away with more than two bronze medals. But at the moment that is looking increasingly unlikely."

The Olympics started poorly for Britain when snowboarding medal hope Lesley McKenna finished 17th in the half-pipe of the 23 starters.

Britain's first ski jumper since Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Glynn Pedersen, failed to qualify for the final of the K90 and K120.

Leon Flack is the only one of our four short-track speed skaters to make it to the quarter-final stage of their first event.

Lesley McKenna in action last week
McKenna failed to reach the half-pipe finals
While the men's curling team is all but out of medal contention with four losses in their first five games.

But it is not all doom and gloom.

On the plus side, the women curlers are heading towards the semi-finals with four wins out of six in the round-robin stage.

In alpine skiing, Britain has had its best ever results since 1972 - with both Chemmy Alcott and Ross Green finishing in the top 15 in the combined event.

And in the luge, Mark Hatton broke two British records on his way to 25th. He was also the highest placed luger who does not have a home track.

Clegg added: "We are never going to be able to compete in the Premier League of winter sports countries but we do have expectations regarding our athletes' performances."

In the final week, Britain does have one genuine gold medal hope in skeleton star Alex Coomber, the three-time World Cup champion.

There is also an outside chance Alain Baxter could clinch a slalom medal.

And the men's and women's bobsleigh teams could also spring a surprise.

Clegg added: "There is no pressure on Alex at all to perform. She is a very talented and focused woman."

 TEAM GB SPECIAL
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson

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