Student engineers place at Olympics

Chemical Engineering student Callum Smith has been selected to represent Team GB at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The third year student from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, hopes to compete in the 30km skiathlon, skate sprint and classic 15km time trial cross country events.

His selection validates his decision to take a year out from his studies in order to concentrate on full-time training for the Games.

University support

The University has supported Callum through the Individual Performance Programme, which supports student athletes who are committed to succeeding at the highest level.

Callum, who was based at a pre-Games training camp in Northern Italy, said he was delighted to have been selected, although waiting to hear if he had been called up had been nerve wracking.

My sporting life began well before starting my course at Edinburgh but combining an engineering degree and a full time training regime has certainly taught me some time management skills.

Callum Smith

Olympic alumni

Callum is the latest name to join the illustrious roll call of Edinburgh Olympians, which includes gold medal alumni Eric Liddell, Sir Chris Hoy, and Katherine Grainger.

The Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia, from 7-23 February. Callum will travel with the 50-strong British team.

The athletes are hoping to beat Great Britain’s best tally of four medals at the Chamonix Games in 1924, and the single medal won by Team GB at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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Sochi 2014 Olympics