Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold


  • Event Women’s Skeleton
  • Date of Birth 31/10/1988
  • Born Sevenoaks, Kent


Lizzy Yarnold became the most successful ever British Winter Olympic athlete when she defended her skeleton title at PyeongChang 2018.

Yarnold, who arrived in South Korea having only secured one podium place that season, delivered when it mattered most and she took her place in history in stunning style, winning by 0.45 seconds over the four runs.

It capped the most successful day in British Winter Olympic history - eclipsing the two bronze medals won on February 3rd at the 1924 Games in Chamonix.

Four years previous, Yarnold won Team GB’s only gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games after dominating the women's skeleton from start to finish.

A reasonably late starter at the age of 20, 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.

Following her success in the Olympics and the World Cup, Yarnold completed a career grand slam in 2014/2015 by becoming European champion in February 2015, before setting two new track records en route to becoming World champion the following month.

She took time away from the sport afterwards before returning to the circuit to win a World Cup silver medal in Lake Placid and a bronze at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee in February.

She finished fourth in her last World Cup race prior to attempting to defend her Olympic title at PyeongChang 2018. That did not hinder her though as she went on to win gold.

Yarnold retired from competitive action in October 2018.

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