By Paul Osborne

The six figure skaters selected to represent Britain at Sochi 2014 have been unveiled by the BOA ©Getty ImagesDecember 11 - The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the six figure skaters who have been selected to represent the nation at next year's Sochi Winter Olympics.

The team will be led by 11-times British champion and the single most successful figure skater ever to emerge from Northern Ireland, Jenna McCorkell (pictured top).

She has experienced much success on the international scene, most notably winning gold medals at the 2012 Ondrej Nepela Memorial event, and the Ice Challenge of the same year.

She also finished second at the 2013 Volvo Cup, and has placed within the top ten at two European Championships.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games marked her Olympic debut where she finished 29th in the women's singles.

"I'm incredibly proud to be a part of Team GB for Sochi," McCorkell said.

"This will be my second Winter Olympics and I'm going into the event after winning my 11th British title, which gives me great confidence.

"It's starting to feel real now it's getting closer and closer.

"I would like to thank my coaching team for their amazing support in getting me here."

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland will represent Britain in the mixed ice dance event.

The pair, who train in the United States under Russian two-time Olympic champion Evgeni Platov, are the current British champions in the discipline and finished in a career-best fifth at the 2013 European Championships.

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland will represent Britain in the mixed ice dance event at Sochi 2014 ©AFP/Getty ImagesPenny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland will represent Britain in the mixed ice dance event at Sochi 2014 ©AFP/Getty Images

Buckland recently had surgery after being diagnosed with tachycardia and will be hoping he and Coomes will be able to push on from their performance at Vancouver 2010 which saw them finish 20th.

"After a challenging few months, Penny and I are delighted to be officially selected for Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games," Buckland said.

"Life constantly tests your character and being given the chance to bounce back from this has made me realise I'm ready for anything this Olympic season throws at me.

"I want to thank our medical team, coach and also UK Sport for their support throughout.

"Their support has allowed me to continue with my Olympic ambition and beyond."

Stacey Kemp and David King, who in 2010 became the first British pair to qualify and go to an Olympic Winter Games for 16 years, are also named on the team and will be looking to better their 16th place finish at Vancouver.

Stacey Kemp and David King are also going to Sochi for their second Winter Olympics ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesStacey Kemp and David King are also going to Sochi for their second Winter Olympics ©Bongarts/Getty Images

"Our whole four years have been focused towards the Winter Olympics," Kemp explained. 

"We have sacrificed so much to get here and we feel so proud to have been selected.

"The buzz you get being part of Team GB, living in the Olympic Village and competing for your country is incredible; we can't wait to get to Sochi now."

Matthew Parr will make his Olympic debut in Russia when he will represent Britain in the men's team event.

"The competition for a men's place in the team event was really tough so I am thrilled to have been selected to represent Team GB," he said.

"It will be my first Winter Olympics and I can't wait to experience everything it has to offer.

"Most importantly, I want to do my family, coaching team and country proud."

Britain's figure skating team leader Annie Veck congratulated the athletes selected for Sochi 2014.

"They have done incredibly well to reach the standards needed for selection and should feel proud they have won the right to be called an Olympian," she added.

"The Winter Olympics is such a special event and we have put forward a really talented, dedicated and hardworking team of figure skaters to represent Team GB.

"We would like to wish them all the very best of luck."

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