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Skeleton news - Britain's double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold retires

GB's double Olympic champion Yarnold retires
By Eurosport

16/10/2018 at 07:30Updated 16/10/2018 at 07:33

Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold has announced her retirement from skeleton, saying she is "ready for a new chapter" in her life.

The first British athlete to ever retain a Winter Games title when she won gold at Pyeongchang 2018, the 29-year-old now plans to help the country's young athletes as they prepare for future Olympics.

"It was never just me by myself. So I can take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping me achieve my dreams. When I came into the sport I wanted to go to the Olympics and now I have achieved everything I could have dreamed of and more."

Over a 10-year career, Yarnold won every major trophy in the sport, including World Championship, World Cup and European Championship titles, before claiming her second Olympic gold medal in South Korea earlier in 2018.

Yarnold won her first Winter Games title at Sochi in 2014 and by successfully defending her Olympic crown in Pyeongchang, moved ahead of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and Jeanette Altwegg, who each won gold and bronze in figure skating, as the most decorated British Winter Olympian.

"Lizzy has given everything to our sport and she undoubtedly deserves her status as a true great," British Skeleton's Head of Performance, Danny Holdcroft, said in a statement.

"Her drive and desire to defend her Olympic title was a shining example of digging deep into both physical and mental trenches to achieve a dream."