Team GB appoint Georgie Harland as first female chef de mission for Beijing 2022

Great Britain's Georgie Harland celebrates winning modern penthatlon bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics
Great Britain's Georgie Harland won modern pentathlon bronze at Athens 2004

Olympic medallist Georgie Harland has been appointed Team GB's first female chef de mission - team manager - for the 2022 Winter Games.

Harland, 42, won modern pentathlon bronze at Athens 2004 and was a deputy chef for both Rio 2016 and the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.

She replaces Mike Hay, who led the team at Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from 4-20 February 2022.

Harland, who was chef de mission for the Youth Winter Olympics Games earlier this year, said: "The growth and development of Team GB as a winter nation is incredibly exciting, and Team GB's record-breaking performances in Sochi and Pyeongchang are testament to this."

Great Britain won five medals at each of the last two Winter Olympics - their biggest hauls in Winter Games - including their first medals on snow.

"I am very much looking forward to the journey to Beijing in 2022 and making it a memorable and successful experience for our athletes and the broader team," she added.

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