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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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