Winter Youth Olympics: GB's Jack Burrows wins gold in Innsbruck

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter in Innsbruck

Great Britain won their first medals at the Winter Youth Olympics after Jack Burrows clinched gold and Aydin Djemal took silver in the 3000m mixed team short-track speed skating in Innsbruck.

Burrows, 14, was part of the victorious four-strong team that included two Chinese athletes and a Korean.

"It means so much to me," Burrows told BBC Sport. "I can now train even harder and look at that medal for motivation.

"I got the medal by hard work. I want to change it for one in Sochi 2014."

Nottingham's Burrows, who is the youngest member of the 24-strong GB squad, and 15-year-old Djemal were competing in teams with two male and two female athletes from other countries in an event introduced by International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge.

The Belgian hopes the event will bring nations closer and help young athletes gain a greater understanding of the "Olympic spirit".

"We want to innovate and give another character to the Youth Games, because it is not just a mini Olympic Games, they are different and the athletes love it," Rogge told BBC Sport.

Epsom's Djemal said: "I'm a bit gobsmacked to be honest because I didn't think at all when I was coming here that I would get a medal.

"I told myself that I had to make sure I learnt and had fun, I've done that as well and got a medal, so I'm just ecstatic at the moment."

Burrows and Djemal, who earlier in the week finished seventh and tenth respectively in the 1000m individual competition, also revealed the novel lengths they had to go to in order to understand their Chinese and Korean coaches who spoke little English.

"In our training sessions we got our laptops out and used Google Translator to speak, so that was a good use of technology and then a few hand signals helped," said Burrows.

Djemal added: 'It was a bit bad for communication, but we seemed to get the message through and clearly it worked."

Elsewhere on the penultimate day of competition in Austria, Team GB ice dancers Millie Paterson and Edward Carstairs finished in fifth place in their mixed-nations team event after an impressive routine.

Team GB Alpine skier Paul Henderson raced in the slalom, his fourth and final event, during heavy snow conditions in Patscherkofel.

Henderson was fast through the top half of his first run, but fell just a few gates from the end and did not finish.

Great Britain's bobsleigh team, who on Friday joined a call for all sliding tracks to be covered after heavy snowfall saw their final training runs cancelled, are due to compete on Sunday morning.

Ahead of the competition GB Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson admitted his team had "medal potential", but coach Lee Johnston played down hopes of repeating GB's golden performance in Innsbruck back in 1964.

"I'd like to think we can, but I don't think we will," said Johnston.

"All of my athletes have stood on the podium during the qualification process and they all have the potential to win a medal, but sometimes the weather throws a whole lottery into the game."