Lizzy Yarnold won Team GB’s first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games after dominating the women's skeleton from start to finish. Great Britain claimed the skeleton title for the second successive Winter Olympics after Amy Williams won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
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.