Great Britain first participated in the Winter Olympics in 1922.
Since then, Great Britain (United Kingdom) has won 22 medals and achieved the greatest success in ice sports. Figure skater Jeannette Altwegg first won bronze in 1948 and then won gold at 1952 Games in Oslo.
February 1948: British figure skater Jeannette Altwegg at the Winter Olympics in St Moritz, Switzerland, the winner of the bronze medal that year, she went onto win gold at the next games. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone/Getty Images)
During the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean put on a performance for the ages. Their unforgettable routine featured music from Maurice Ravel's Boléro. The duo earned 12 perfect 6.0 marks and won gold.
Sport, 1984 Winter Olympic Games, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia,Ice Skating, Ice Dance, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Great Britain, the Gold medal winners (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
Although GB may be pegged by some to be a non-winter sport nation, that didn’t stop Amy Williams from winning gold in 2010. Her performance in skeleton shattered the track record twice and she won by more than half a second. The victory was celebrated across the UK, as it marked the first British gold at a Winter Olympics in over 30 years.
WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 21: Amy Williams of Great Britain poses for a photo with her Gold Medal after winning the Women's Skeleton event on 19th February, on day 10 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 21, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
When Williams returned to the UK, her gold medal win was celebrated with a parade and bus tour around her home of Bath.
BATH, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams takes a open top bus tour around her home city on March 3, 2010 in Bath, England. The 27-year-old is the first individual British gold medallist at the Winter Olympics for 30 years after she won the women's skeleton in Vancouver. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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