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Ranking Britain’s 6 biggest medal hopes in Sochi

brits-sochiBritain have only ever won 22 medals at the Winter Olympics with their record haul of four coming in Chamonix in 1924.

However data experts Infostrada have projected GB to win a record medal haul of six at the Sochi Games next month.

That sextet does not include bobsledder John Jackson - who secured Great Britain's first podium since 1997 by claiming four-man silver at the Lake Placid World Cup - nor Freestyle Skier Rowan Cheshire who became the first British woman to win a halfpipe gold at a World Cup event with victory (albeit in an understrength field) in Calgary.

Snowboarders Jenny Jones, second in the opening World Cup slopestyle event of the year, and Billy Morgan - fourth in last year's World Championship in the same discipline and on the road to recovery after injury - also fail to make the shortlist as we profile the men and women most likely to bring the medals back.

6. Elise Christie

Sport: Short Track Speed Skating
Event: 1000m
Hometown: Livingston, West Lothian
Born: August 13, 1990 (age 23)
Twitter: @Elise_Christie

Christie

Pedigree

Christie won the bronze medal in the 1000m at the 2013 World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary after winning the overall World Cup over that distance. She added the European 1500m title in Malmo last year after finishing 11th in the 500m, 19th in the 1000m and 20th in the 1500m in Vancouver.

Threats

The sport is dominated by Koreans and she had just one World Cup podium finish in four events this season, in the 1000m in Kolomna. Shim Suk Hee won three of the four while Kim Alang was second in three of the four. Arianna Fontana of Italy won the other race while you can't forget defending World and Olympic champion Wang Meng of China.

Did you know?

She gets up at 06:15 to train three times a day at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

Infostrada Prediction: Bronze

5. James Woods

Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Event: Slopestyle
Hometown: Sheffield
Born: 19 January 1992 (age 21)
Twitter: @JamesWoodsy

Woods

Pedigree

Won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships after winning the 2012/13 World Cup with two wins from four events. Opened this season with a second place but has been down in the order in the subsequent two competitions.

Threats

It is a wide-open event. Americans Bobby Brown and Nick Goepper plus Andreas Haatveit of Norway have won the World Cup races this season. Goepper also has a X-Games title to his name. Compatriots Alex Schlopy and Tom Wallisch have won the two World titles in the sport, the latter also a X-Games champ while Australian Russell Henshaw is a consistent performer.

Did you know?

Woodsy has been skiing since he was 10 and learnt to ski at the Sheffield Ski Village.

Infostrada Prediction: Bronze

4. David Murdoch (+ Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews)

Sport: Curling
Event: Men's
Hometown: Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
Born: April 17, 1978 (age 35)
Twitter: @DMurdoch17

Murdoch

Pedigree

Won the 2006 and 2009 World titles although none of his support crew - Ewan MacDonald, Warwick Smith, Euan Byers and Peter Smith - will be in Sochi. They broke up after finishing fifth in Vancouver and in 2012, Murdoch teamed up with Tom Brewster's rink - Brewster himself is a two-time World silver medallist - and they finished third at last year's World Championship.

Threats

Sweden's Niklas Edin won World gold on home ice last year after finishing fourth in Vancouver. He beat Brad Jacobs to the title who in turn beat out defending champion Kevin Martin for a place in the Canada team. Norway's Thomas Ulsrud won bronze in 2010 and returns with two European titles under his belt.

Did you know?

His sister Nancy Murdoch is a former world championship semi finalist and brother Neil a former European champion.

Infostrada Prediction: Bronze

3. Eve Muirhead (+ Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton)

Sport: Curling
Event: Women's
Hometown: Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Born: 22 April 1990 (age 23)
Twitter: @evemuirhead

Muirhead

Pedigree

A world junior champion in 2007, 2008 and 2009, she progressed to the senior ranks at the Vancouver Olympics but won only three of nine round robin matches, She bounced back to take silver in the World and European Championships that year. Gold in the 2011 Euros was followed by the World title last year in Riga.

Threats

Muirhead beat Margaretha Sigfridsson in that final in Latvia and the Swede was also runner-up in 2012 behind Swiss veteran Mirjam Ott who took silver in Salt Lake City and Turin. Getting into the Canada team is almost as tough as the Olympics itself and 2008 world champion Jennifer Jones carries maple leaf hopes

Did you know?

She is a scratch golfer and has bagpiped at four World Championships.

Infostrada Prediction: Silver

2. Shelley Rudman

Sport: Skeleton
Event: Women's
Hometown: Pewsey, Wiltshire
Born: March 23, 1981 (age 32)
Twitter: @ShelleyRudman

Rudman

Pedigree

Third in the World Cup standings after a season-best third in St Moritz but she is the defending World Champion and also won the World Cup overall title two seasons ago. Knows all about the Olympic pressure, having won silver in Turin and finished sixth in Vancouver.

Threats

Noelle Pikus-Pace and Rudman's team-mate Lizzy Yarnold have shared the six World Cup races this season evenly and the American did win the test event at Sochi last year. The top two from Vancouver have retired and bronze winner Anja Huber has finished outside the top dozen in her last three World Cup races. Her fellow German and defending World Cup champion Marion Thees is even lower in the World Cup standings at sixth.

Did you know?

Rudman is engaged to fellow Olympic slider Kristan Bromley, they have a six-year-old child.

Infostrada Prediction: Silver

1. Lizzy Yarnold

Sport: Skeleton
Event: Women's
Hometown: Sevenoaks, Kent
Born: 30 October 1988 (age 25)
Twitter: @TheYarnold

Yarnold

Pedigree

Leads the World Cup with three wins, two seconds and a third from six races. She burst on the scene with two wins in her opening four races in the 2011-12 season and was fourth overall last year. Has finished third and fourth in her two World Championship appearances. Looking to follow in the footsteps of Amy Williams who won in Vancouver.

Threats

See Rudman. Note Yarnold was only eighth in last year's World Cup event in Sochi.

Did you know?

Her sled is named 'Mervyn' after Mervyn Sugden, an insurance underwriter who has helped her out financially in the sport.

Infostrada Prediction: Gold