Introduction

Lizzy Yarnold MBE made history in 2015 by becoming the first British slider, and only the second woman ever, to hold the skeleton grand slam of Olympic, World and European titles at the same time. In 2018 she was selected to represent Great Britain in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and became the first Britain ever to successfully defend a Winter Olympic title.

She began her journey into the sport of skeleton in 2008 when she took part in the Girls for Gold talent ID programme. In 2011 she finished 2nd at the Junior World Championships before becoming Junior World Champion in 2012.

Lizzy’s first senior title came in 2014, winning the overall skeleton World Cup just a month before winning gold at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Her domination of the sport continued into 2015 where she added European and World Championship golds to her collection.

Profile

Date of birth: 31 October 1988

Borough/District: Sevenoaks

Career highlights

  • 2018: Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • 2018: Selected by teammates to carry the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • 2018: Selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • 2018: 9th place in the overall World Cup standings after 8 rounds.
  • 2017: 3rd place at the World Championships in Konigssee, Germany.
  • 2017: 9th place in the overall World Cup standings after 8 rounds.
  • 2015: 1st place at the World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.
  • 2015: 1st place at the European Championships in Igls, Austria.
  • 2015: 2nd place in the overall World Cup standings after winning 5 of the 8 rounds.
  • 2014: Named as runner up in the Sunday Times & Sky Sportswoman of the Year Award.
  • 2014: Awarded an MBE for services to sport.
  • 2014: Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • 2014: Selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • 2014: 1st place in the overall World Cup standings after winning 4 of the 8 rounds.
  • 2013: 4th place in the overall World Cup standings after 9 rounds.
  • 2013: 4th place at the World Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland.
  • 2012: 3rd place at the World Championships in Lake Placid, USA.
  • 2012: 1st place at the Junior World Championships in Igls, Austria.
  • 2011: 2nd place at the Junior World Championships in Park City, USA.