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Yarnold getting used to life in the limelight

“What Amy taught me very early on was that she was just a normal girl who never gave up.”

Lizzy Yarnold has never been shy in admitting h...

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Sochi Olympics close and Yarnold flies the flag

Lizzy Yarnold carried the British flag into the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics at the end of a record-breaking Games for British athlete...

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Golden girl Yarnold to carry British flag at Sochi ceremony

Lizzy Yarnold will carry the British flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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Yarnold gives glimpse inside mind of Olympic champion

Go to any bar in Rosa Khutor, the mountain resort high above Sochi, and you will find Olympians winning gold, silver and bronze for partying aft...

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Yarnold receives gold and now wants to inspire a generation

Lizzy Yarnold wants to be an inspiration to the next generation of British sportswoman - and claims she can't wait to meet her hero Jess Ennis.<...>

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Medal Record

Sochi 2014
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

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Lizzy Yarnold won Great Britain's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics after dominating the women's skeleton from start to finish. Yarnold, 25, produced a solid final run to finish 0.97 seconds ahead of Noelle Pikus-Pace of United States. Britain claimed the skeleton title for the second successive Winter Olympics after Amy Williams won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. It is Britain's second medal in Sochi and 10th gold in Winter Games history.

A reasonably late starter at the age of 20, Lizzy Yarnold first started participating in Skeleton after applying for the UK Sport and EIS Talent ID Campaign, Girls4Gold where she was spotted as having huge potential in the sport. Despite having never done it before, Yarnold fell in love with sliding and has never looked back.

Her first major result came at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, placing above former Olympic medallists to claim bronze and thus confirming her potential in the sport.

Since then, she finished the 2012/2013 season ranked ninth in the world having won two of the four World Cup’s she had entered.

Yarnold has continued her impressive form into the 2013/14 season, retaining the coveted yellow vest of the overall World Cup winner throughout the season.  She has reached the podium in every race, winning a total of four gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal. An incredible achievement.

Yarnold will be hoping to continue this form into the Sochi 2014 Olympics, where she will be looking to recreate the successes of her friend and Vancouver 2010 Gold medallist Amy Williams.