Yarnold breaks Königssee duck with comfortable victory

16 January 2015 / 15:59

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold admitted victory in the fourth World Cup race of the season was particularly sweet after finally tasting success on the Germany’s Königssee track.

The 26-year-old claimed her second victory of the season on Friday in comfortable fashion, posting the fastest times on both runs to finish with a total of 1:44.24 minutes.

It was 0.71 seconds faster than nearest challenger and home favourite Anja Huber-Selbach who took her first podium of the season before announcing it would be her last competitive race at that particular track.

Third went to Russia’s Maria Olova, winner of the last World Cup in Altenberg, while Yarnold’s teammates Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle were 11th and 14th respectively.

Yarnold has finished on the podium in every competition she has competed in this season, with silver at Altenberg the only time she has not been on top spot.

And she was quick to thank coach Eric Bernotas after finally bringing an end to her barren run at a track she had never won on.

“I’ve done it eventually. Königssee is such a hard track, it’s taken me six years but I’ve finally done it,” she said.

“I did not know it was Anja’s last race on this track. She is one of the legends of the sport who has always pushed me on.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to my coach Eric, I could not have done it without him.”

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