Gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold has said she is "proud" after it was revealed she would carry the flag for Great Britain at the Sochi Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
Gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold will carry the flag for Great Britain at Sunday's closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The 25-year-old dominated the women's skeleton event, setting two track records on her way to victory on day seven of the Games, on 14th February.
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.
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."
British Olympian Lizzy Yarnold has tweeted her joy at claiming gold in the women's skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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.
Lizzy Yarnold was ecstatic after winning the women's skeleton event - Britain's first gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ms Yarnold was plainly delighted at her victory, and received a congratulatory kiss from her boyfriend.
Team GB curler Greg Drummond and ice dancer Nicholas Buckland have tweeted:
Lizzy Yarnold, Britain's first gold medallist at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, has been sent "huge congratulations" by the British Skeleton association.
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.