Yarnold: Gold medal belongs to whole of Great Britain

British Olympian Lizzy Yarnold has won gold in the women's skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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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

Yarnold: Gold medal belongs to whole of Great Britain

British Olympian Lizzie Yarnold has said she her gold medal win is "just beginning to sink in".

She told ITV News her win was not just hers, but it belonged to her team, her family and the whole of Team GB and the country. She said:

"I can't wait to share it with everyone, with my nan, and my family and everyone back in the UK."

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Schoolkids join Yarnold's Sochi gold celebration

Pupils at St Michael's School in Otford, Kent, celebrate Lizzy Yarnold's skeleton gold Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pupils at St Michael's School in Otford, Kent joined in the celebrations for Lizzy Yarnold's gold medal win in the Sochi skeleton - although there were some nervous moments before she crossed the line.

There were some tense moments at St Michael's School before Lizzy Yarnold crossed the finish line Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Some of the pupils at St Michael's School could barely watch as Ms Yarnold came close to the moment of truth Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Children at St Michael's School were overjoyed as Lizzy Yarnold clinched gold Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lizzy Yarnold reacts with joy at Sochi skeleton gold

Lizzy Yarnold has won gold at the women's skeleton event in Sochi Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lizzy Yarnold was ecstatic after winning the women's skeleton event - Britain's first gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ms Yarnold received a congratulatory kiss from her boyfriend after the victory Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ms Yarnold was plainly delighted at her victory, and received a congratulatory kiss from her boyfriend.

Ms Yarnold showed obvious delight at her victory after four rounds of skeleton racing Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Ms Yarnold flew the union flag with pride after her win Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Team GB athlete 'pumped to the max' for Yarnold

Team GB curler Greg Drummond and ice dancer Nicholas Buckland have tweeted:

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Britain's young athletes celebrate Yarnold's Sochi gold

Young athletes at the University of Bath sports training village reacted with joy at Lizzy Yarnold's victory in the women's skeleton - Britain's first gold of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Celebrities and politicians have congratulated Ms Yarnold for her win, after Jenny Jones clinched Britain's first medal of the Winter games, winning bronze in the snowboard slopestyle.

Lizzy Yarnold 'so chuffed' to win gold on Valentine's Day

Lizzy Yarnold, Britain's first gold medallist at the 2014 Sochi Games, said she was "so chuffed" to win the women's skeleton and that it was "lovely" her victory happened on Valentine's Day.

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning gold. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

She told the BBC: "I don't think it's going to sink in for a long time...[on the fourth and last run] I was totally relaxed and enjoyed it, it was a bit of a messy run, I'm so thrilled I'm here."

"As an athlete you give up so much but on a day like today, it's so worth it," she added.

Yarnold added that she wanted to "show the world" she was capable of winning the gold medal.

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