Last week the British Olympic Association (BOA) confirmed the final members of Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Now with eight days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the BOA is delighted to introduce you to Team GB for Sochi 2014 with a celebratory group photo of the athletes, courtesy of Getty Images.

“With athletes chasing qualification right to the end of the qualification window it’s been a tense and exciting time, but we are delighted to have the entire team of 56 athletes finalised and officially registered to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

“Today, the very first group of Team GB athletes arrive in the Olympic Athletes Village and we are ready to help them transition into what can only be described as fantastic accommodation across the three villages we will occupy during the Games. We at the British Olympic Association have worked hard to put our own touch on the rooms to make sure that the accommodation feels like home away from home for our athletes.

“The potential of this group of athletes makes this Olympic Winter Games an exciting prospect and it’s fantastic that we have been able to capture almost the whole team in this spectacular and historic photograph taken by Getty Images,” Sochi 2014 Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said.

The images needed to create this team photo were captured by Getty Images photogrpahers Alex Livesey and Micheal Steele. The Team GB group photo required Livesey and Steele to photograph each athlete individually with postproduction merging them into a composite image.

Said Getty Images photographer Micheal Steele:

"Working on the Team GB official photograph was good fun although a little challenging: our only chance to catch most of the selected athletes was during the kitting out week in Stockport. Due to the athletes arriving at different times over a three day period we shot each athlete individually and then photoshoped a composite group picture, a bit like putting a jigsaw together.

"It was important to capture lots of different angles of each athlete so we could piece together the group and give the illusion that it was taken in one shot, on one day. There were a few puzzled looks as we explained to our subjects that they would be part of a big group shot and we didn’t know if they would be sitting down or standing up. Now that the final image has been unveiled it should all make sense and I hope everyone is happy with the results. Many thanks to all involved in the project and the best of luck in Sochi!"

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games take place from 7-23 February 2014.

Today, 30 January 2013, marks 8 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The largest Team GB at an Olympic Winter Games was in St. Moritz 1948, with 58 British athletes competing (not including 4 athletes taking part in the winter pentathlon demonstration event).

About the British Olympic Association

The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA’s role is to prepare the ‘Best of British’ athletes for, and lead them at, the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games.

The BOA is responsible for championing the Olympic values and brand in the UK. The BOA receives no annual funding from the lottery or government, has no political interests and is dependent upon fundraising income to achieve its mission.

The BOA is the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport.

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