Raring to go ahead of an intensive summer of training, Lizzy is back after her break from competition last season and busy preparing with her GB teammates.
Lizzy said: “It feels great to be back in the swing of things with my teammates as we prepare for the upcoming season on ice,” said Yarnold, who won all four of the sport’s major titles in just over 400 days between 2014 and 2015.
“Having had last season away from the competition circuit, I do feel incredibly refreshed and a world away from the emotional exhaustion that I was suffering from. Having a year to solely focus on training in the gym reminded me of what I love most about my job – challenging yourself physically and mentally to be better than you’ve been. Training in the gym with just those physical goals was liberating and helped me to re-focus on what I want to achieve in my sport.
“Most importantly, I needed the time away to mentally refresh and have a break from the demanding competition schedule. I learnt that I didn’t have to be at my best all of the time and that sometimes it’s ok to take some time for yourself.
“I’m fully aware that the competition is in great shape, not least within the GB team itself where Laura (Deas) and Donna (Creighton) have kept the flag flying for us. I’d like the World Championship trophy back on my mantelpiece and retaining my title at the 2018 Olympics is of course in my sights. More so than the accolades, I am even more motivated to be a better slider than I was before. I have to prove that, not for others, but for myself.
“I’d like to say thanks to Ben Ainslie Racing for allowing me to train at their fantastic facilities and I’m grateful to everyone at the BBSA and UK Sport for their continued support.”
Lizzy will split her summer training time between GB Skeleton’s base in Bath and her home in Portsmouth as she targets a return to competition for the first race of the season in December of this year.