Top five iconic Winter Olympics moments

Every four years, the Winter Olympic torch lights the way for medal-hungry athletes all aiming for glory. This year, the games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from 9th-25th February. Audiences around the world have seen both impressive victories and shocking scandals over the years. Here are some of our best Winter Olympic moments of all time.

Ice skates

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, 1984

Over 24 million people watched the British ice skating duo take maximum points in the figure skating at Sarajevo 1984. Their momentous routine, including their spin to Ravel's 'Bolero', led them to become the highest scoring figure skaters of all time. The couple are also known for their participation in the ITV series Dancing on Ice, which returned to our screens this January.

Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, 1988

In 1988, Eddie Edwards became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. At the Calgary 1988 games, Eddie finished last in both the 70m and 90m events. Some believed Edwards both belittled the sport and the 1988 Winter Olympics, whereas others saw him as a hero who was living his dream with a smile on his face. Still a fan favourite, in 2016 a film was made about him called ‘Eddie the Eagle’.

Great Britain women's curling team, 2002

The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games set the stage for a remarkable underdog story. Then housewife, Rhona Martin, led herself and four other Scottish women to win Great Britain's first winter Olympic gold in 18 years. This victory not only gained a place on many people's top Winter Olympic moments, but proved anything is possible when you set your mind to it.

Jenny Jones’ historic win, 2014

Another first for Team GB came from snowboarder, Jenny Jones, at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. After agonisingly watching 10 athletes trying to better her score, Jones went on to win a bronze medal in the slopestyle final. This was Great Britain's first Olympic medal on snow. Jones' dramatic performance gripped audiences back home and her historic achievement made the nation proud.

Jamaican bobsleigh team, 1988

Have you ever seen the 1993 Disney comedy, Cool Runnings? This classic cult film was inspired by the 1988 Jamaican bobsleigh team. Although the team made little preparation for their only competitive race, which included a minor crash, their performance in Calgary gained international recognition and a huge fan base.