Yarnold has successful back surgery

Yarnold has successful back surgery

Double Olympic Skeleton Champion Lizzy Yarnold has undergone successful surgery to solve a long-standing back problem.

Yarnold, who became Great Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian when she won a second successive Gold medal in PyeongChang in February, had an operation to fix some slipped disks on Monday afternoon.

The 29-year-old is currently recovering at home, with no date yet set for a return to fitness.

“Lizzy has been managing the pain in her back for some time now and we were all of the same opinion that an operation was in the best interests of Lizzy’s health and wellbeing,” said British Skeleton Performance Director, Andi Schmid.

“We are delighted that the surgery was a success and we will now ensure that Lizzy has all the support she needs to facilitate her recovery.

“Skeleton is a demanding sport and the last Olympic cycle was a particularly intensive one in which Lizzy had to overcome a number of physical challenges. These challenges were managed very professionally by our support team and I know the same approach will be taken following her back operation.

“While we appreciate that there will be questions regarding Lizzy’s return to action, the most important thing right now is that she rests, recuperates and gets herself back to full health in her own time.”

Yarnold echoed Schmid’s sentiments in that now was the best time for the procedure to take place and she was quick to thank those closest to her for their support.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who is helping piece this slightly broken athlete’s body back together,” said Yarnold.

Yesterday I had surgery on my spine to try and sort out some slipped discs in my back. Now felt like a good time to have it done, I couldn’t manage the pain any longer! I’m not feeling great right now but here’s hoping recovery will be speedy.

“Thanks to all those I've visited recently for being so accommodating, and all the rescheduled school visits - I hope to come to see you all soon and share my Olympic story.

“The BBSA and EIS team have been A* support wise. British Skeleton and UK Sport you have been awesome. Thank you all!”