British Army & Team GB biathlete Amanda Lightfoot
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British Army Biathlete To Represent Team GB At Winter Olympics

British Army soldier Amanda Lightfoot has been selected as Team GB's sole biathlete for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games...

British Army & Team GB biathlete Amanda Lightfoot

British Army soldier Amanda Lightfoot has been selected as Team GB's sole biathlete for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The sergeant clerk in the Adjutant General's Corps is taking part in Olympic competition for the second time after featuring four years ago at Sochi 2014.

The 30-year-old from South Shields finished 71st in the 15km individual event in Russia, following her 75th place in the 7.5km sprint - her Olympic debut.

In doing so, she became only the second-ever female British biathlete to compete at an Olympic Winter Games, having started the sport through the military at 19.

Following Sochi 2014, Lightfoot has continued to represent Great Britain on the international stage with her best result coming when she placed 32nd in the 15km individual event at the 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, helping her qualify for PyeongChang 2018.

She said: "I'm over the moon to be selected for Team GB for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The roller coaster of a journey these last four years have been quite an experience and the thousands of hours training makes these Olympics extra special.

"I'm looking to get the best result ever for a British female biathlete out in PyeongChang."

Forces Network caught up with Amanda in November, whose training was already well underway for the competition - you can take a look below...

Sarah Greig, biathlon team leader for PyeongChang 2018 said:

"It's a great achievement for Amanda to be selected for her second Winter Olympics.

"To do so as only the second British female biathlete to race at a Games is testament to the hard work she has put into the sport over the last decade - whilst also maintaining her military career.

"Both the British Biathlon Union and the Army are extremely proud of her inspirational endeavours and wish her the very best of luck for the Games."

Cover image courtesy of Marcel Laponder.

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