Lizzy Yarnold Wins Team GB’s First Gold At The 2018 Winter Olympics As Laura Deas Bags Bronze
There were stunning scenes at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday after Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold won gold in the Women’s Skeleton Final, as she became Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian.
Yarnold was unsurprisingly jubilant at her superb success, which saw her become the first Britain in history to retain their Olympic title at the Winter Games, while she’s also the first skeleton athlete to achieve this incredible feat.
The winning time was 3:27.38 in what was a tremendous final, as Yarnold smashed her own track record by two tenths of a second.
There was another ecstatic member of the Team GB team in Laura Deas who at her first Olympics became a bronze medallist, while Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling was sandwiched in between the Brits on the podium.
However, it was hard not to feel sympathy for the devastated Janine Flock of Austria who was in gold medal position but agonisingly missed out on a medal of any colour after Deas pipped her to bronze by just 0.02secs.
The gold and bronze successes of Yarnold and Deas means British women have now won medals at every skeleton event since the sport was reintroduced to the Olympics back in 2002.
It also propelled Team GB’s tally to four medals (One Gold, Three Bronze) at the 2018 Winter Olympics, which currently puts the Brits 16th in the Pyeongchang medal table.
The success of the duo was in stark contrast to the emotions of speed skater Elise Christie who heartbreakingly crashed out of short-track semi-finals earlier on Saturday.
Great Britain Women In The Skeleton:
BRONZE - Alex Coomber (2002)
SILVER - Shelley Rudman (2006)
GOLD - Amy Williams (2010)
GOLD - Lizzy Yarnold (2014)
GOLD - Lizzy Yarnold (2018)
BRONZE - Laura Deas (2018)
Here’s Yarnold’s golden moment below: