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Winter Olympics: How Team GB are looking for inspiration from around the world of sport


Team GB will be looking for their first Olympic medal in bobsleigh since 1998, when the four-man team won bronze in Nagano, Japan
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Joel Fearon is Britain’s joint third-fastest 100m runner in history.

Sam Blanchet is a former rugby union professional who has played for England Sevens.

What do they have in common?

They will both be part of the Great Britain bobsleigh squad at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

‘You could do it if you put your mind to it’

Sam Blanchet went through the academy system at Exeter Chiefs, played for Bradford Blues and was capped by the England Sevens team

In a country where snow is an event – making winter sports less accessible than their ‘summer’ or ‘traditional’ counterparts – Team GB are always on the hunt for talent from other disciplines.

Perhaps the most successful winter athlete to switch from another sport is 2014 Winter Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold, a heptathlete who decided to try a winter sport at a talent identification day.