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Skating Monday, 21 January, 2002, 12:54 GMT
GB skaters feel confident
Nicky Gooch pictured at the last Winter Olympics, in 1998 in Nagano
Nicky Gooch at the last Winter Games in Nagano
Great Britain's short track speed skating squad, including 1994 bronze medallist Nicky Gooch, reckon they can put in a fine showing in Salt Lake City.

The squad consists of three men and three women ready to represent their country when the Games get underway on 8 February.

Nicky Gooch, Leon Flack and Dave Allardice make up the men's team, while Sarah Lindsay, Joanna Williams and Debbie Palmer form the women's unit.

Gooch is the veteran of the team, having competed in three Winter Games which included a bronze in the 500m at Lillehammer.

The Londoner believes he is in perfect condition to make an impact in Utah, although he is not taking anything for granted.

Jo Williams (front left), Sarah Lindsay (front right), Leon Flack (back left), and Nicky Gooch (back right)
Back: Flack (left), Gooch. Front: Williams (left), Lindsay
"I'm a lot more experienced than I was in 1994, but the sport has progressed as much as I have," Gooch told Sunday Grandstand.

"So although I'm much fitter and stronger than I was then, the sport is much tougher.

"Ultimately it's going there and doing my best. If I skate to my absolute best on the day, I'm confident that I'll do well."

Two male and two female skaters will be chosen from those six to compete in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m.

Stuart Horsepool, Team Manager for the short track speed skaters team in Salt Lake City, said: "The squad have been producing good results this season, especially the women.

"In this squad there is an exciting blend of Nicky Gooch's experience together with the young talent of some of the newer members of the team."

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