Get closer to Sochi 2014 with unique insight from our team of top athletes. Visit our Facebook page and experience the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with the Samsung Galaxy Team members. Watch exclusive films on each athlete and also be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes, including one-on-one training sessions with our Samsung Galaxy Team athletes.
As the Official Smartphone Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Samsung gave each Samsung Galaxy Team member their very own Galaxy Note 3. They’re capturing and sharing their experiences of the Games via the hashtag #SamsungGalaxyTeam with you.
Our Facebook page gives you exclusive interviews and posts from the athletes. Some amazing prizes are also up for grabs. Those who enter have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime, one-on-one training experience with one of the athletes from the Samsung Galaxy Team.
Who are the Samsung Galaxy Team? Meet all seven of the Samsung Galaxy Team members and find out all about the sporting careers that brought them all the way to Sochi 2014.
Meet the Samsung Galaxy Team
Shelley Rudman - Skeleton
How does a girl from a quiet Wiltshire village become World Champion in the white-knuckle world of the Skeleton Bobsleigh? Sheer determination is what has propelled Shelley Rudman.
Compared to her rivals, Shelley was a late starter. After early setbacks, she went to Norway to hone her fitness and technique and then funded her own way around Europe. When she needed professional equipment to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, her home village rallied round to raise the money. Their reward was a silver medal, Team GB’s only medal of the Games.
Shelley has been a flag bearer for Team GB at Vancouver 2010 and cemented her world-class status by becoming World Champion in 2013. With a history like this, it was inevitable that she would compete at Sochi 2014.
Watch Shelly's exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
Eve Muirhead - Curling
The ancient sport of Curling is in Eve Muirhead’s blood. Her Dad competed at the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 and she has been honing her skills on the ice since the age of nine. Such dedication has brought numerous honours including four times Junior World Champion, a silver medal at the 2010 World Championships, and victory at the 2013 Women’s World Curling Championships.
However, the Olympic Winter Games represent unfinished business. Eve was part of Team GB who reached the semi-finals at Vancouver 2010, and this has given her a lot of motivation for Sochi 2014.
Watch Eve's exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
James Woods - Slopestyle Skiing
With his long hair and shaved head, there’s no more distinctive figure in winter sport than James Woods, also known throughout the world of freestyle skiing as Woodsy.
However, snow was not exactly a common sight when Woodsy was growing up or even when he first started to ski, which was on the dry slopes in his hometown at the Sheffield Ski Village.
He’s Britain’s first freestyling World Championship medallist for over 20 years.
Already a Winter X Games and World Championship medalist and 5x British Freestyle Champion, Woodsy enters Sochi 2014 as one of Team GB’s strongest prospects for winning a first-ever medal on the snow.
Watch James' exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
Billy Morgan - Slopestyle Snowboarding
In 2011, Billy Morgan astonished the world of snowboarding with the first ever Triple Rodeo. Caught on camera for the first time, the daring move made Billy an overnight internet sensation and provided the motivation to qualify for Sochi 2014. This amazing achievement is a long way from his early years growing up in Southampton. Billy was a gymnast until the age of 13, and didn’t strap on a snowboard until he was 17.
Billy finished 2013 second in the world rankings and finished 4th in the World Championships. The goal of Slopestyle Snowboarding is to perform many difficult tricks, with an emphasis on performing a variety of manoeuvres on a course featuring a number of rails and jumps. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is the first time for this snowboarding discipline to appear in the competition.
Watch Billy's exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
Kelly Gallagher & Charlotte Evans - Alpine Skiing
Downhill skiing is hard enough when you can see where you are going; so to do it at the highest level as a visually impaired athlete shows the extent of Kelly Gallagher’s talent.
Ranked in the top 5 in the world, Kelly of Bangor Northern Ireland started skiing while on holiday in Andorra at age 17. Since then, she has overcome many challenges to maintain her passion, working full time to finance her ski training and competitions. Heading into Sochi 2014 Kelly and her guide, Charlotte Evans, are the most successful alpine athletes ever to represent GB & N.I with 6 World Championship medals together.
Watch Kelly & Charlotte's exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
Elise Christie - Short Track Speed Skating
Short track speed skating requires a combination of explosive power, technique and tactical nous; it’s an event where hundredths of a second can separate first from last and with no lanes to separate the skaters, collisions can happen. At the tender age of 15, Elise’s amazing talent and huge potential in this discipline was already evident. After being spotted early, she moved from her native Scotland to train with the Performance Squad at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, and represent Team GB.
Elise has since become the first British woman to win an individual World Championship medal in 2013, ending the 2012/13 season ranked number 1 in the world in 1000m. She enters Sochi 2014 with the aim of winning gold.
Watch Elise's exclusive interview on our Facebook page.
Shelley Rudman, Eve Muirhead, Billy Morgan, James Woods, Elise Christie, Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans are Samsung Galaxy Team Ambassadors, a sponsorship initiative to support athletes to qualify for and participate in the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.