Place of birthSevenoaks


Lizzy Yarnold MBE is the reigning Olympic Champion and a former World and European Champion and overall World Cup winner. 

She took a season away from the ice in 2015/16 but returned to the circuit last season. Lizzy won silver in Lake Placid in the second race of that campaign and went on to win a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee in February.

Lizzy won global gold at the World Championships in Winterberg in March 2015, having already added the European crown to the Olympic title she won in Sochi in 2014. The latest of those landmark successes meant she had claimed every major accolade in the sport in just 407 days, with the World Cup season win and the continental title kicking things off in January 2014.

Lizzy’s winning margin of 0.97 seconds in Sochi was the largest in Olympic history, while her World Championship triumph saw her break the track record on two occasions. She posted five race wins in 2014/15 and reached the podium in all but one of the eight World Cup races in the previous campaign.

Her skeleton career began back in 2008 through the Girls4Gold UK Sport talent identification scheme, with Lizzy previously having been a keen heptathlete and all-round sportswoman, achieving county, regional and national medals. Lizzy first tasted success on the skeleton circuit in her debut season on ice, winning back-to-back European Cup races in Igls in December 2010 before being crowned Junior World Champion in 2012.

A runner up in the 2014 Sky & Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards and a nominee for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality, Lizzy was awarded an MBE for Services to Sport in June 2014.


  • Nickname: OC
  • Most likely to be spotted: at the golf course
  • Least likely to be found: in a nightclub
  • Me in three: methodical, authentic, driven
  • Hero: Sir Ben Ainslie
  • If I wasn’t a slider: a photographer, a very bad one!
  • Career highlights: winning gold at the Sochi Olympics, 2015 World Championships and 2015 European Championships; winning the overall World Cup title in 2013/14; becoming Junior World Champion in 2012 and taking bronze at the World Championships in 2012 and 2017