Williams tells in-form Yarnold to keep her focus

28 December 2013 / 13:13

Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams is urging Lizzy Yarnold to keep her focus after a storming start to her season.

Yarnold leads the world rankings with four podiums in four World Cup races, including two gold medals.

And after a Christmas break, she heads to the World Cup in Winterburg next week feeling upbeat.

But Williams, who mentors the 25-year old and even acts as her landlady, insists there is still a long way to Sochi.

“I’ve been telling Lizzy to focus,” Williams said. “She’s done everything she needs to do so far but Sochi is still a long way off.

“She has still got to stay injury-free and stay fit and healthy. She mustn’t focus on it yet. It’s too far off and, yes it’s in the back of your mind, but there’s a lot to be done before then. I’ve just told her to keep her head down and concentrate hard.

“Lizzy is definitely well equipped. She’s got her game face that she can put on and she concentrates and works really hard so I’ve got every confidence in her.”  

Yarnold might lead the world rankings but team-mate and world champion Shelley Rudman, an Olympic silver medallist in 2006, is just one place behind in the standings after her consistent start to the campaign.

“At the start of the World Cup season I wanted to get some consistent results and test out the equipment as much as I can and do as much practise as possible so when I get to Sochi I’m ready to race,” she said.

“This is my second year at the World Cup. I’m not the rookie any more so I can start really playing around and enjoying sliding and seeing what the tracks are doing themselves and learning from them. 

“I’m just trying to enjoy myself and get some great results under my belt.”

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