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UK Sports to cut Winter Olympic funding by £9m

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UK Sport has announced significant cuts to the budgets for the run up to Beijing 2022. Following the programme of funding medal targetted sports, Bobsleigh, figure skating and short track team funding has been axed (although some specific funding for particular athletes like Ellie Christie will still be funded.

More positively, thanks to the medal successes in Korea, funding for skeleton (up to £7.2m), ski and snowboard (up to £6.75m) and curling (up to £6.35m) has increased.

UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said, "While UK Sport would like to be able to invest in every Olympic and Paralympic sport our role is to prioritise within agreed resources in order to protect and enhance the medal potential within the system... We believe these strategic investments will deliver medal winning success to inspire the nation once again in Beijing in 2022."
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Although better news for our skiers and snowboarders...
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
It's unfortunate for some sports but certainly my impression is that we have been much more successful in recent years, summer and winter, with targeting resource at success. Stands to reason to be best at what we're good at rather than just take part in everything as we seemed to do for decades when only the occasional truly world class athletes got to the top.

Eddie Edwards genuinely seems like the nicest guy ever and I still love his story but to prioritise the taking part belongs in another era. That's unfortunate in many ways but we had/have to face reality?
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IIRC Norway had a stellar Olympics, but they invest zero funding in bobsleigh and skeleton as it costs so much: the money is better invested in disciplines that are more likely to produce a return
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