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More curling in Kent as winter sport takes off at Sochi

A curling rink in Kent is reporting a rise in bookings, following the performance of TeamGB at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Staff at Fenton's Rink in Tunbridge Wells say the site is the England's only dedicated curling rink.

Curlers take to the ice at Fenton's Rink in Tunbridge Wells Credit: Andrea Thomas

Lizzy Yarnold to be TeamGB flagbearer at Sochi Games

The skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold from Kent has been chosen to carry the flag for TeamGB at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi tomorrow (Sunday 23 February 2014).

She is the only member the British team to have won a Gold medal so far at the Sochi Games.

Lizzy Yarnold in Sochi with her gold medal Credit: PA
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Bath's Lizzy Yarnold to carry flag at Closing Ceremony

Lizzy Yarnold in Sochi with her gold medal. Credit: PA

The skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold has been chosen to carry the flag for the British team at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi tomorrow (Sunday 23 February). Yarnold, who trains at Bath University, is so far the only member of Team GB to win a gold medal at Sochi.

No gold post box for Lizzy

Lizzy Yarnold might have delivered Winter Olympic gold in Sochi on Friday night - but her skeleton win was not first-class as far as the Royal Mail is concerned.

The Royal Mail has confirmed Yarnold will not be granted the honour of a golden postbox in her home town of Sevenoaks, Kent, despite pulling out their paintbrushes for every one of the British gold medallists at London 2012.

The Royal Mail said the tribute was a "one-off gesture" intended for British athletes who won gold in their home Olympics at London 2012.

London 2012 was a unique occasion. The UK hosted the Games and our athletes performed extraordinarily well. Because of our status as the host nation, Royal Mail chose to mark the achievement of our athletes through gold post boxes as well as stamps. For the Winter Olympics 2014, Royal Mail will not be creating gold postboxes but we are exploring other ways of marking the achievements of our athletes, including creating a special postmark."

– Royal Mail statement

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British Skeleton sends 'huge congratulations' to Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold, Britain's first gold medallist at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, has been sent "huge congratulations" by the British Skeleton association.

British Skeleton association has congratulated Lizzy Yarnold. Credit: www.britishskeleton.co.uk
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