Winter Olympics 2014: Great Britain name biathlon entrants

22nd Winter Olympics

  • Venue: Sochi, Russia
  • Date: 7-23 February

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Lee Jackson and Amanda Lightfoot have been named as Great Britain's biathlon entrants for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Jackson, 33, will be appearing at his second successive Games, while 26-year-old Lightfoot will be making her debut.

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"I'm overwhelmed," said Lightfoot, who will be only the second British female biathlete to compete at a Winter Games.

With the curling, figure skating and short-track teams confirmed, Britain have selected 23 of their squad for the Games, which open on 7 February.

The two biathletes will enter their respective sprint and individual competitions, with their results determining whether they qualify for the pursuit races.

Jackson, a biathlete for 15 years, said: "I am delighted to have been selected. Having missed out on selection for the Turin Winter Olympics, Vancouver taught me how to deal with the pressure in the build-up to the Games and I feel better prepared now."

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Both competitors have an army background, with Coventry-born Lightfoot serving in the Adjutant General's Corps and Stockton-on-Tees' Jackson in 16 Regiment Royal Artillery.

Funding for Britain's biathlon team is under threat due to armed forces cuts, with the British Biathlon Union (BBU) requiring a fresh injection of £50,000 per year.

In November, the BBU briefed its members that under existing financial pressures, the governing body cannot function in its current form beyond the 2013-14 financial year.

Great Britain have competed in the biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and shooting, at every Winter Games since the sport's introduction in Squaw Valley in 1960.