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King’s Lynn would like to sweep up the competition in the Winter Olympics

Great Britain's Skip Eve Muirhead (centre) in action during their Curling Round Robin match at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Great Britain's Skip Eve Muirhead (centre) in action during their Curling Round Robin match at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

With Britain’s athletes sliding, sweeping and snowboarding their way to success, this week’s question was a simple one. Have you been inspired by the Winter Olympics?

The action in Sochi reaches its climax this weekend and, with two medals already in the bank, hopes are high that the British team could record its best ever haul in the 90-year history of the event.

But, while we didn’t find many around the streets of Lynn who would dare to have a go at sports like the skeleton bobsleigh which took Lizzy Yarnold to gold last week, it does seem that the more sedate game of curling has been capturing the imagination of viewers in West Norfolk.

Curling and snowboarding have been among the sports catching the eye of Josh King, of Narborough, though he admitted the thought of things going wrong had crossed his mind during the latter. He said: “I thought, ‘If I fall off that’ll hurt’.”

Ian Skinner, of Stow Bardolph, said: “The curling’s been brilliant. The luge, the skeleton, the bobsleigh, it looks fantastic.

“Even in the morning I’ve been putting it on before heading out.”

Kim Price, of Dersingham, admitted she had not seen very much of the games, but said: “I’ve enjoyed watching some bits like the curling.

The action from Russia has certainly been inspiring Sarah Griffiths, of Wisbech, and her children Evie, Seth and Cerys.

Evie, nine, said she wanted to try ice skating while Seth, five, liked the look of the bobsleigh run.

Sarah said she had been enjoying the competition, but said of events like the skeleton: “It’s not really my cup of tea. I’d be too scared, but the children have enjoyed it.”

Thomas Holt, who was visiting King’s Lynn from Peterborough, said he had thought about trying his hand at some of the high speed events, until he saw the accidents.

However, he thought he might have more luck with a broom in his hand, as he said of curling: “That doesn’t look too hard.”

 

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