With 100 days to go until the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games the British Olympic Association have today announced three Olympic medallists as Team GB Ambassadors for the Games.
Amy Williams, Jenny Jones and Robin Cousins will all aim to educate, motivate and inspire team members looking to be part of Team GB at PyeongChang 2018, including at tonight’s Team GB Ball, which Williams is co-hosting.
At Vancouver 2010, Williams won Team GB’s first individual Winter Olympic gold medal in 30 years when she slid to gold in a new track record at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada. In doing so she also became the first British woman to win individual gold in 58 years.
Before Williams’ triumph, Cousins was Team GB’s last individual Olympic winter gold medallist and the figure skater enjoyed a hugely successful sporting career. As well as winning Olympic gold at Lake Placid 1980, Cousins was European Champion in the same year and is a two-time world silver medallist and won four bronze medals across the World and European Championships.
Both Cousins and Williams were Team GB Ambassadors four years ago as Britain equalled its best ever Winter Olympic haul of four medals at Sochi 2014.
Jenny Jones gripped the nation almost four years ago as she won Team GB’s first ever snowboarding medal with bronze at Sochi 2014 as slopestyle made its Olympic debut in Russia. Jones, who spoke to the majority of British Olympic hopefuls at the Team GB Athlete Summit in August, also won Winter X Games gold in 2009 and 2010 as well as Winter X Games Europe gold in 2010.
PyeongChang 2018 is set to run from 9th-25th February 2018 and will be the first time South Korea have hosted a Winter Olympics and the third time the Games have visited Asia after Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998.
PyeongChang 2018 will see athletes from around 80 nations compete for 102 gold medals across 15 sporting disciplines. The Games will see four new events feature for the first time in Olympic competition; alpine skiing mixed team, snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling and speed skating mass start.
Held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Williams and co-host Ben Shephard will front an evening which sees Olympic stars from across summer and winter sports come together in support of Team GB.
As the athletes prepare for PyeongChang, guests at the Team GB Ball will be treated to entertainment from Mercury Music Prize winner Beverley Knight and a live auction featuring an array of unique items.
The auction is already live and includes signed Olympic merchandise, VIP sporting experiences and the chance to try your hand at winter sports coached by Team GB athletes.
Details of the auction and how to register to bid can be found here.
Amy Williams said: “I am thrilled to be working with the British Olympic Association as a Team GB Ambassador once again. It was really special to be a part of the team behind the team at Sochi 2014 and I am really looking forward to getting to know all the athletes heading to PyeongChang.”
Jenny Jones said: “Winning my bronze medal in Sochi was a life changing moment. With Sochi being my first Olympics and the first time my discipline had been included in the Games I wasn't sure what to expect so being able to lean on and learn from others before was hugely helpful. I am really excited to be working with the Team GB on the other side of the fence and cannot wait for the Games.”
Press release: Team GB