Lizzy
Yarnold

Place of birthSevenoaks

Age29
Height5'8"
Weight70kg

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

Lizzy is now the nation's most-decorated Winter Olympian, with two Olympic Gold medals to her name, having won the ultimate prize in Sochi in 2014 and again in PyeongChang in 2018.

Twice a flagbearer for Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games, she is the only British Winter Olympian to defend her Olympic crown.

Winning World Championship Gold in Winterberg in 2015 meant she had claimed all four of the sport's major titles in a remarkable 407-day period and, despite then taking a season away from the ice in 2015/16, Lizzy won World Championship bronze in Konigssee 2017 - five years after her first World Championship bronze in 2012. 

Lizzy’s winning margin of 0.97 seconds in Sochi in 2014 was the largest in Olympic history, while her latest Olympic triumph saw her break the track record on two occasions. She posted an incredible 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 and an OBE in the summer of 2018.

LIZZY IN HER OWN WORDS...

  • 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 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