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Team GB's Lizzy Yarnold wins gold in skeleton as teammate Laura Deas takes bronze at Winter Olympics

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates taking gold Credit: PA Images

Lizzy Yarnold has won gold in the skeleton at the Winter Olympics, while her teammate Laura Deas took bronze in the same event.

The 29-year-old successfully defended her Olympic title with her 0.45 second win, from the previous Games in Sochi.

The pair's medals come just hours after Izzy Atkin won Team GB's first medal in skiing at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, when she took bronze in the ski slopestyle final.

With three medals in one day, Saturday is Team GB's most successful day at the Winter Olympics since the 1924 Games in Chamnoix, France.

Lizzie Yarnold has successfully defended her title. Credit: Twitter/Team GB

Speaking after her victory, Yarnold said she had considered quitting because of illness.

After the first run yesterday I was almost at the point of pulling out. My chest infection was stopping me from breathing.

I just tried to get the second run down and then fight another day today.

If it wasn't for my physio Louise Turner telling me to go down again, I'm not sure I would be here today.

The emotions are gratitude to the whole team to get here, and relief, and exhaustion. And lots of crying.

– Lizzy Yarnold

It is the first time Britain have won two medals in the same event at the Winter Olympics.

Team GB had been hoping for a fourth medal from Elise Christie in the 1,500m short track speed-skating, but she crashed out of the semi-final after colliding with China's Li Jinyu.