Golden girl Yarnold to carry British flag at Sochi ceremony

22 February 2014 / 10:01

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

Yarnold became the fourth consecutive British skeleton slider to win an Olympic medal in the sport when she claimed gold, her winning margin 0.97 seconds, last week.

She was selected for the honour by Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay and his deputies Mahdi Choudhury and Louise Whitehead.

“It’s been an indescribable experience here in Sochi," said Yarnold.  

"I came to these Games with the goal of competing to the best of my ability, doing my country proud, and supporting my teammates across all of Team GB.  

"To have been selected for this honour is so far beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  It makes what has already been an incredible experience just that much more special, and I am extremely grateful.”

Yarnold's gold plus a silver for the men's curling team and bronze medals for snowboarder Jenny Jones and Eve Muirhead's women's curling rink have equalled the best ever performance by Great Britain at the Winter Olympics, tying a record that goes back 90 years.

And there are still athletes to compete with two four-man bobsleigh crews racing at the Sanki Sliding Centre, slalom skier Dave Ryding make his second Olympic appearance and cross country skier Andrew Musgrave completing a busy fortnight in Sunday's gruelling 50km race.

“In winning her Olympic gold medal, Lizzy delivered an outstanding performance, and I’m certain every member of our Team GB delegation congratulates her on this well-deserved honour," said Hay. 

"We came into these Olympic Winter Games as One Team GB, united in our support for one another, and I know our delegation will be proud to have Lizzy lead us into the closing ceremony.”

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