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Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 14:29 GMT

Martin Bell

Martin Bell has a wealth of experience when it comes to the Winter Olympics.

The alpine skier has competed at snowsport's premier event no less than four times and will be on hand to offer his expert view at Salt Lake.

Martin was selected by the full British Ski Team at the age of 15 and competed on the World Cup tour between 1981 and 1995.

It was during this time that he represented his country at four Olympic Winter Games and five World Championships.

Record achiever

During his career, he achieved six placings in the top 10 of World Cup races - more than any other British skier before or since.

His eighth place position in the 1988 Olympic Downhill at Calgary also remains a British Olympic record for a male skier

On the domestic front, he has notched up four overall British Championship titles - a men's record, which he holds jointly with Stuart Fitzsimmons and Alain Baxter.

Martin, who now lives with his wife Laura in Vail, Colorado, is brother of BBC Ski Sunday commentator and fellow British ski champion Graham Bell.


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