St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is hoping Winter Olympian Jon Eley will bring home a medal, as part of Team GB’s squad in Sochi.
The short speed track skater was part of the youth set-up at Mohawk Ice Racing Club at Solihull Ice Rink, part of The Blue Ice Plaza, the St. Modwen owned and managed ice rink in Solihull, before going on to become a triple Olympian.
The 29 year old athlete has previously won medals at European and World Cup level and will be hoping it is third time lucky in Sochi, with the Games being made all the more special following his selection as the Team GB flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.
During the parade, around 40,000 spectators welcomed teams from a record breaking 87 nations into the Fisht Olympic Stadium, with millions sharing the experience live on television.
John Dodds, Midlands regional director at St. Modwen, said: “We wish Jon all the best in his Olympic medal quest in Sochi. It’s wonderful that Solihull Ice Rink has played such as large part in the development of an inspirational athlete, during his formative years as part of the Mohawk Ice Racing Club.”
The 56-strong British team has been set a medal target of between three and seven medals by UK Sport.
Short track speed skating is a form of competitive ice speed skating, where competitors race directly against each on a 111.12m oval ice track that fits within a traditional ice rink. A relatively new addition to the Winter Olympic programme, the sport was introduced into competition in 1992 and has since expanded from four to eight events. The events are the same for both men and women, who compete in 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m, as well as relay events over 5000m for men and 3000m for women.