About Lizzy Yarnold
I grew up in West Kingsdown, running around the fields of Kent and playing every sport available. I went to school at St Michaels in Otford and then Maidstone Girls Grammar School. I achieved a degree (2:1) from the University of Gloucestershire in 2010 at the same time as competing for Great Britain in Skeleton.
I was an athlete from an early age competing in athletics, high board diving, horse riding, netball, and many more. I found a love for Skeleton when I was 19 thanks to the encouragement of my best friend Gemma, and the ongoing support of my family. The Girls4Gold talent search gave me the opportunity to try the sport and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m now 25, and training insanely hard everyday with the aim of becoming a Winter Olympian, a dream that I have now achieved!
You can learn all about my partner in crime, Mervyn the sled.
Skeleton originated from the sport of Cresta in Switzerland which was created in around 1888. The original Cresta Run still exists, and is situated alongside the Skeleton track in St Moritz.
Skeleton was the first sliding sport from which both the bob-sleigh and luge were later established.
In skeleton, the athlete pushes the sled at the start before jumping onto it and then sliding down the ice covered track. The aim of skeleton is to be the fastest at the end of the run, over two consecutive runs.