Lizzy Yarnold – skeleton gold (Saturday February 17th)
Gold at Sochi 2014, Lizzy Yarnold became Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympian ever by successfully defending her title in South Korea.
Never before had a Brit won back-to-back Winter Olympic golds but Yarnold put that stat to bed in style.
Despite battling a chest infection, the 29-year-old set a track record in the first run, was third at the half-way stage before climbing back to the top of the timesheets on her final run to clinch gold by nearly half a second from her rivals.
Speaking to The Guardian today, “After Sochi, that was my most important thing – I went to 300 or 400 of them in the six months afterwards,” she said. “That’s certainly top my list. I certainly wouldn’t pursue celebrity status.
“My gold medal is like Frodo’s ring – the children’s faces light up. If I can be a role model to them that’s the most important thing.
“And my favourite message is that, whatever you do, playing the clarinet or being an artist, keep going with it and believe in yourself – and learn the lessons of failure. I fail so much more than I succeed.”
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