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When are the Forces stars competing at the Winter Olympics?

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The Winter Olympics are under way in Beijing but there's been no British military presence in the first week.

That's because the three Bobsleigh stars who are representing the Forces start their competitions in the second week.

Here's all the times and dates you need to know to cheer them on.

Monday 14 February

This is when the bobsleigh action starts in Beijing with the two-man bob at 12:05 UKT with the Army's Nick Gleeson in action. The Parachute Regiment soldier is part of the Team GB squad and will be partnering Brad Hall in the race.

Tuesday 15 February

Hall and Gleeson will compete in the second half of their four-run heats and will be hoping to put themselves in medal contention when they start at 12:15 UKT. Nobody British has stepped on an Olympic two-man bobsleigh podium since Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won gold in 1964 so Hall and Gleeson could make history.

Saturday 19 February

The four-man bobs start their campaign with all three military men involved. Taylor Lawrence, from the Royal Marines, joins Gleeson in the GB sleigh while representing Jamaica will be RAF star Shanwayne Stephens. This is the first time Jamaica have had a four-man bobsleigh compete at the Winter Olympics since 1988, which was the team that inspired the Cool Runnings film. Both teams will start their first runs from 01:30 UKT.

Sunday 20 February

The final day of action sees medals on the line in the four-man bobsleigh event from 01:30 UKT. Lawrence, Gleeson and the GB team have been securing podium finishes in the World Cup this season. They'll be aiming for medals – and where will Stephens and Jamaica end up finishing?

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