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Beijing Winter Olympics: Our Top 7 Moments

23rd February 2022

This February, we celebrated the Winter Olympic games in Beijing, where our National Lottery funded athletes faced highs and lows in their pursuit of Olympic glory.

TeamGB athletes group during the opening ceremony in Beijing.
TeamGB opening ceremony at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic by ©UK Sport

Opening Ceremony

During the opening ceremony, Team GB was led by curler Eve Muirhead and alpine skier Dave Ryding, who were both competing in their fourth Olympic Games.

They told us how they were feeling about taking part:

A woman (Makayla Gerken Schofield) in a skiing competition
Makayla Gerken Schofield, skiier, by ©TeamGB/David Pearce

Makayla’s performance at Mogul Skiing

Makayla Gerken Schofield made history finishing eighth in the Moguls Skiing category, achieving a best-ever performance in the category for a British athlete.

Makayla had some touching words for her sister Leonie after her performance:

A woman (Kirsty Muir) competing in skiing during the Olympics.
Kirsty Muir, skiier, by ©TeamGB/David Pearce

Kirsty’s Big Air debut

17-year-old Kirsty Muir finished fifth in the Freeski Big Air final.

Kirsty told us what's next for her after the Olympics:

A woman (Laura Deas) getting out her helmet in a skeleton competition.
Laura Deas, skeleton, by ©Alamy Stock Photo

The Skeleton team is thinking ahead

Our Skeleton athletes are already thinking about how they can get their hands on a medal in the next Olympics.

Brogan Crowley encourages more young people like her to get involved in winter sport:

A couple (Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson) doing and ice dance performance.
Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson, ice dancers, by ©TeamGB/David Pearce

Lilah and Lewis’s incredible KISS performance

The ice-skating duo Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson did a memorable performance to the music group KISS.

Here, they reflect on how lucky they feel to be able to share this experience with each other at Beijing:

A group of woman (Team Muirhead) huging at a competition.
Team Muirhead, curlers, by ©TeamGB/David Pearce

Team Muirhead’s gold in Curling

On the last day of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the women’s curling team achieved an incredible gold medal for Great Britain.

Watch their thank you message to National Lottery players:

A group of men (Team Mouat) posing with silver medals at a competition.
Team Mouat, curlers, by ©TeamGB/David Pearce

Team Mouat’s silver in Curling

Last but not least, after a brilliant performance, the men’s curling Team Mouat came home with a silver medal from Beijing 2022.

Here, they reflect on achieving a fantastic silver:

Since National Lottery funding to elite sport started in 1997, over 1,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals have been won, with more to come in Beijing 2022, Paris 2024 and beyond.