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Billy Morgan named Team GB’s Closing Ceremony Flagbearer

Billy Morgan named Team GB's Closing Ceremony Flagbearer

Big air bronze medallist Billy Morgan has today been chosen as Team GB’s Closing Ceremony Flagbearer for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Morgan’s medal gave Team GB a record-breaking haul in South Korea, with the 28-year-old’s bronze ensuring Britain will leave PyeongChang 2018 with five medals, one more than was won at both Chamonix 1924 and Sochi 2014.

Morgan, who was the oldest man by three years in his final, landed his second and third jumps to clinch the final place on the podium.

Medals

Dom Parsons got the medal action underway with bronze in the men’s skeleton on day seven before an unforgettable Saturday followed with three medals, making day eight the most successful day in British winter Olympic history.

First, Izzy Atkin became the first Team GB athlete to win an Olympic skiing medal before an incredible evening at the women’s skeleton with British athletes occupying two spots on the same podium for the first time at a Winter Olympics.

Laura Deas won bronze on her Olympic debut and Lizzy Yarnold became the most successful British Winter Olympian of all time as she defended her gold medal in PyeongChang.

Morgan then wrapped up the medal tally with big air bronze and in doing so created a piece of individual history as the first British man to win an Olympic medal on snow in what was big air’s debut at the Games.

Top 10

Away from the medals, British athletes recorded top 10 finishes in five other sports; alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling and short track speed skating with 58 athletes competing for Team GB, a Winter Olympic record.

Billy Morgan said: “I’m pretty nervous already just thinking about carrying the flag but I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. I’ll say to the athletes that it’s an honour to be the flagbearer and I hope everyone is stoked because it’s been a great experience out here.

“I still can’t believe yesterday. I never expected to win a medal before the contest and I keep forgetting I did it so it’s nice to relive it now and then which is pretty cool.

“It’s been a crazy Games for Team GB, our best ever, so I hope everyone can go home happy. It’s been amazing for me and I’m just over the moon

“The Olympics is a huge thing. When I first started it was only halfpipe but it’s really helped push snowboarding along and really put it on the map. I think it’s been amazing for snowboarding. “

Chef de Mission

Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said:

“Billy became a bit of a people’s champion yesterday with that big air bronze medal and it’s a fitting tribute to his endearing character that he represents the whole of Team GB at tonight’s Closing Ceremony. It was a fantastic final full of high quality athletes, which makes Billy’s performance that extra bit special.

“To leave PyeongChang with five medals, our best ever Games in that respect, and a host of fourth place finishes and top 10s across the sports shows that winter sport in the United Kingdom is going in the right direction. These athletes can rightly return home very proud of what they have accomplished here in South Korea.”

MMA

Tales from the Octagon Comes to The Ulster Hall

Michael Bisping, UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former Middleweight Champion, is coming to Belfast’s Ulster Hall on October 22nd 2022 to give his supporters the opportunity to hear his incredible story in his own words with ‘An Evening With Michael Bisping… TALES FROM THE OCTAGON’.

His journey has taken him from England’s North West through to the top of the MMA world, becoming the only British champion in UFC history. Alongside a burgeoning Hollywood movie career, the latest chapter in his life sees Michael host a hugely successful podcast, as well as  commentating for ESPN, BT Sports and formerly Fox Sports. From fighting stories to life outside the ring, his unwavering drive and determination will make for an inspirational and entertaining evening for all UFC and sport fans alike.  

When working numerous dead-end jobs to make ends meet whilst all the time training in boxing, kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu, Michael realised he had the potential to be a world-class fighter and doing so would be his best opportunity to provide for his family.  He rededicated himself to this craft.  Michael eventually went on to win The Ultimate Fighter 3 in 2006, kick-starting his professional career, and ten years later in 2016 at UFC 199, he became the first British fighter to become a UFC Champion.

After an incredible 13 year career, which included the loss of his right eye, Michael became a UFC analyst with BT Sport and ESPN, named FanSided MMA’s 2019 Analyst of the Year and authored Sunday Times Best Seller Quitter’s Never Win.  He’s the host of the “Believe You Me” podcast and has launched a successful acting career, having been featured in xXx Return of Xander CageDen of Thieves and announcing his latest roles in Den of Thieves 2 and the lead in the upcoming film titled The Journeyman.  His documentary titled ‘Bisping’ was released in 2021.

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Team GB Announce First Ever Skateboarders to Compete at the Olympic Games

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced the two skateboarders set to compete for Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sky Brown and Bombette Martin will both compete for Team GB in the skateboard park discipline in Tokyo, after qualifying in third and eighteenth position respectively during the World Skate qualification season.

Brown will become Team GB’s youngest ever summer Olympian at the age of 13 years and 11 days, surpassing Margery Hinton who was 13 years and 44 days when she competed at Amsterdam 1928 in swimming. In her last international event, Brown produced her best ever competition run, to win a silver medal at the Dew Tour, USA and took third  place in the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro the season before, cementing her ranking as third best in the world.

Martin, 14, has had a succession of good competition results in the last two years. In April she won the Skateboard GB x Habito National Championships and more recently finished in the top 20 at the Dew Tour, USA. Martin is the daughter of John ‘Bomber’ Martin, an ex-amateur boxer from Birmingham.

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo and sees male and female competitors compete in both street and park disciplines.

Team GB Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Mark England, said: “It is incredibly exciting to announce Sky and Bombette to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Not only will they both make history as Team GB’s first ever skateboarders, but Sky will also make history of her own as she becomes our youngest ever summer Olympian.

“Competing at the heart of the Games at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, I am sure the skateboarding park competition will capture the imagination of the Team GB fans, just like freestyle snow sports did when they were introduced to the Olympic Programme. I couldn’t think of two better athletes to act as ambassadors for Team GB in this exciting new Olympic sport and we wish Sky and Bombette the very best of luck in their final preparations.”

James Hope-Gill, CEO at Skateboard GB said: “We are so excited to see two GB skateboarders qualify for the Games. Both girls have such amazing talent and are an inspiration to other skateboarders out there, showing people that anything is possible, no matter your age.

“Over the last two years we have worked with Sky and Bombette to help them with their preparations and today’s announcement shows how their hard work has paid-off. We wish them the best of luck”.

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