By Damian Dolan.
A 17-year-old from Birmingham will fly the flag this month for Ireland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Florence ‘Flo’ Bell, who turns 18 next month, will compete in both the Downhill and Giant Slalom as part of Ireland’s five-strong team confirmed last week in Dublin for the Games.
Bell qualifies for Ireland through her father, who from to England from Belfast in his 20s, and saw off competition to make the team which included her older sister Victoria to claim the one skiing spot available.
“I’m only 17 so hopefully I’ve a lot more chances to go to more Olympics in the future,” said Bell. “It’s not just about the race, it’s about meeting everyone and watching other sports. It’s going to be such a great atmosphere.
“It [the official Team Ireland announcement] made it seem a bit more real. I was quite nervous actually to go to that, because I don’t like getting my photo taken. But it was good, it was really exciting.”
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