GB Short Track Speed Skating start their Olympic qualifying campaign in Hungary this week.
World Cup 1 will take place at the Puskas Stadium, Budapest from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October.
Athletes compete in individual distances of 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m.
The Men’s relay is 5,000m and Ladies relay 3,000m. Day one and two are qualification stages, with finals on days three and four.
It is the first of four Olympic qualifying events in the Audi ISU World Cup series 2017, where the best three out of four results across the series will determine Olympic qualification.
A total of 43 nations and 258 athletes are expected to take part in Hungary, including Korea, who were top of the World Cup rankings in the 2016/2017 season and will host the Olympic Games next February in PyeongChang.
The British ladies competing in Hungary are, Elise Christie, Charlotte Gilmartin, Kathryn Thomson, Hannah Morrison, Samantha Morrison and Jennifer Pickering.
The Men’s team are, Farrell Treacy, Joshua Cheetham, Billy Simms, Aydin Djemal, Jack Burrows and Jonathan Moody.
Elise Christie, 27, is the current 500m world record holder and triple World Champion following a successful 2016/2017 season and will wear the world number 1 helmet throughout the upcoming events.
Charlotte Gilmartin, 27, also enjoyed victories earlier this year, becoming the overall British Champion and winning World Cup and European Championship medals.
The ladies relay team, who achieved a British record at the end of 2016, are aiming to qualify for an Olympic Games, for the first time ever.
Speed Skating Performance Director Stewart Laing said: “The team are looking forward to the series of Olympic qualifiers.
“We’ve had a really good summer of training spending the majority of time at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, as well as having a series of training camps, significantly three weeks in Courmayeur Italy, and selected skaters went to Calgary and Hungary to complete the summers training.
“The team have arrived in Budapest in really good shape and training sessions on ice are giving us a lot of confidence.
“The Hungarians have put on a really good temporary ice rink for what’s set to be a promising and exciting competition.
“Unlike regular World Cups, these events are about qualifying Olympic spots. Skaters need to finish in the top 32, or top 36 for 1500m in order to qualify nation spots for the Games, therefore Great Britain are approaching these competitions with a team focus working together to collectively qualify those spots.”
Live results and streaming of the competition will be available at: http://www.isu.org/short-track
Photo credit: John Rowley.