Team GB have been tipped to win a first gold medal in curling since 2002 at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics by statisticians – one of three medals Britain are slated to claim.
Nielsen's Gracenote have predicted every event at next February’s Games in their Virtual Medal Table, with Bruce Mouat and Jen Dodds expected to top the podium in the mixed doubles on the back of their World Championship success. Mouat will also skip the in-form men’s team, who are forecast to take silver.
Charlotte Bankes is also backed to medal with bronze in the women’s snowboard cross.
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Norway are expected to blow apart the competition in Beijing with 44 medals, including 22 gold, a haul that would better their Olympic record of 39 medals set at PyeongChang 2018. The Russia Olympic Committee (ROC, 14 golds) and the Netherlands (12 golds) are expected to finish second and third in the overall table.
Gracenote's table sorts nations via overall medal count. Traditionally, the official rankings are sorted first by number of gold medals, with the minor medals used as tiebreakers.
With many Chinese athletes not competing since the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gracenote admit their forecast may have underestimated their medal count. The hosts are tipped to finish outside the top 10 with four golds, one silver and one bronze.
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It could be a case of might have been for GB's Atkins sisters, Izzy and Zoe. Izzy won Britain's first ever Olympic medal in skiing with slopestyle bronze in 2018, but is backed to only finish seventh next year. Zoe, five years her sister's junior at 18, is tipped to finish fourth in the freestyle skiing halfpipe.
James Woods, who finished fifth at Sochi 2014 and fourth at PyeongChang 2018, is predicted for more heartbreak with another fourth in the freestyle skiing slopestyle.
Meanwhile, Andrew Musgrave is fancied for two top-eight finishes in the 2x15km skiathlon and 50km freestyle.
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