Yarnold eyes 2018 Winter Games

Lizzy Yarnold says she could never have dreamt have winning gold at the Winter Olympics and would love to defend her title at the 2018 Games in South Korea.

Yarnold claimed Team GB's first gold at Sochi 2014 on Thursday after dominating all four runs in the women's skeleton competition.

And the 25-year-old, who followed in the footsteps of Amy Williams who won skeleton gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, revealed she is finally coming to terms with the scale of her achievement.

"I put it (the medal) on the bed next to me and just went to sleep and woke up this morning and saw it," Yarnold told Sky Sports News.

"I've kept pinching myself thinking if this is really true and if I'm going to find myself at the beginning of the first run.

"I think I have now realised that I won the race and I have now won gold I'm certainly not ready for what's next in terms of the whole British public possibly knowing who Lizzy Yarnold is and supporting me.


"I'm certainly excited about the next step and enjoying this and possibly going on holiday and going into schools and inspiring everyone. Then it's back to the gym.

"It was always my goal to go to Sochi 2014 and come to my first Olympics but it was far beyond my expectations to win gold.

"I'm an athlete through and through. It's what I know it's what I'm good at it so I'd definitely love to keep going and defend my title."

Yarnold, who was identified as a potential Olympic champion by UK Sport's Girls4Gold talent search, paid tribute to her parents for their unwavering support of her skeleton career.

"My mum and dad have supported me as athlete since I was tiny," she said. "They've been great in the skeleton. I'm competing in an absolutely mad sport whizzing past at 80mph and I think initially they were quite worried for me.

"It was quite new to them as well but they've been a great support for the last five years and coming to the Olympics they were absolutely loving it.

"They were on TV every five minutes screaming like crazy. Coming down after the fourth run and seeing the tears in their eyes was absolutely amazing."