Sheffield’s five Winter Olympians - James Woods, Katie Summerhayes, James Machon, Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley - have received support from sports teams across the city as they begin their quest for gold this week in Sochi, Russia.
London 2012 Golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill led the way on Twitter as she posted: “Wishing you lots of luck! Have a great one :)”
And there were messages sent from across the sporting spectrum.
Sheffield United said: “Sheffield United wishes local athletes all the very best for the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Representing Great Britain and our magnificent region is a tremendous achievement and one that each and every competitor from South Yorkshire should be rightly proud.”
Sheffield Wednesday said: “Everyone at Sheffield Wednesday would like to wish all the very best to the local athletes representing our region and Great Britain in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. You should be hugely proud of your achievements as we are of you.”
Mark Aston, Sheffield Eagles chief coach, said: “Going for Olympic Gold the ultimate for any athlete. They can make a dream (built on hard work and training) come true. The athletes go to Sochi because they are the best and they will carry the hopes and best wishes of everyone in Sheffield and Great Britain.
Jessica Ennis-Hill won Gold in the Summer Olympics and all at Sheffield Eagles hope that there will be more medals coming back to the City of Sport. Go for it and we hope you come back a winner!”
Sheffield Tigers speedway said: “Sheffield Speedway would like to extend our sincere good wishes to the city’s Winter Olympians. The riders, management, staff and we feel sure all our fans will be keeping keen eye on their progress.
“We are always striving for success as a club and represent the city of Sheffield with pride throughout the UK - and we are certain everyone with Sheffield at heart will be urging on the Olympians. Good luck!”
Sheffield Tigers rugby union club director of rugby Dan Richmond said: “Representing Great Britain is a great honour and it is testament to their hard work. It’s important to remember, though, for those, not only from Sheffield, that they enjoy what is a fantastic moment. This is the pinnacle and, from all of us here at Sheffield Tigers, we wish them the best of luck whilst they are out there in Sochi.”
Ben Wade, Sheffield RUFC, director of rugby, said: “We, at Sheffield RUFC, wish all those going to Sochi next month the best of luck. I’m sure all those going from Sheffield will make us all proud and hopefully they can pick up a few gold medals whilst they are out there!”
Andre Payette, Sheffield Steeldogs head coach, added: “Great Britain has been my home for the last ten years and I have a lot of pride in that. Myself and the Steeldogs wish all the Sheffield athletes all the best whilst they are out in Sochi, it’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m sure they will make us all proud.”
Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons said: “Our very best wishes to all the GB athletes competing in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. We will be following all of you and are confident you can achieve our best medal tally yet! Good luck.”
And the Hatters added: “From Sheffield to Sochi, The Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters wish the GB Olympic and Paralympic Teams the best of luck in the Games.”