Winter Olympics: who is Lizzy Yarnold?

An introduction to Team GB's women's skeleton medal hopeful at the Sochi 2014 Games...

Considering Britain’s obvious meteorological disadvantages when it comes to winter sports, it’s remarkable the amount of success we have had in skeleton, the world’s first “sliding” sport. Amy Williams was Britain’s only gold medallist four years ago in Vancouver, and this year both Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman have a serious chance at a medal. Not bad for athletes who spend much of the year rolling down a rubber track in the hills round Bath, a long way from the ice of Europe.


Fact File

Event: Women’s Skeleton

Age: 25

Lives: Bath, Avon

Height: 1m 72cm

Club: British Skeleton, Bath

National Squad: Since 2010

Coach: Andi Schmid, Danny Holdcroft, Mark Wood

Titles: 2012 Junior Championships, 2013-2013 Skeleton World Cup

What is Skeleton? 

First originating in Cresta, Switzerland, Skeleton was first created back in 1888. The first sliding sport, its invention inspired the bob-sleigh and luge in turn. Skeleton sees athletes pushing their sled at the start before jumping onto it and sliding down the ice-covered track. The aim is to be the fastest at the end of the run.

Lizzy Arnold in quotes… 

“I don’t feel the pressure, I’ve not been thinking about other peoples expectations because I’ve got such high expectations of myself anyway.”

“You will never have a perfect run because it happens so fast, you just need to react to it. I’ve been trying lots of different things in training and I’ve brought that through into competition.”

Watch the women’s skeleton final NOW on BBC2