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Yarnold wins bronze in Skeleton World Championships

Lizzy Yarnold on the slide in Germany. Credit: PA

Lizzy Yarnold capped her comeback from a year out by winning a bronze medal at the Skeleton World Championships in Germany.

The 28-year-old Olympic champion moved up from fourth place overnight to finish third behind Germans Jacqueline Lolling and Tina Hermann.

Yarnold, who had opted to miss last season in the wake of her triumph in Sochi, is focused on retaining her Olympic crown in South Korea next year.

Yarnold's Great Britain team-mate Laura Deas finished 10th in a race reduced to three runs due to bad weather.

Yarnold wins World Cup skeleton gold in Sochi

A year to the day after winning gold in the women's skeleton at the Winter Olympics, Lizzy Yarnold once again shone on the same Sochi track to win the final World Cup event of the season.

Lizzy Yarnold on the slide this season. Credit: Daniel Naupold/DPA/Press Association

The 26-year-old slider, Britain's only gold medallist at the Games in Russia 12 months ago, edged out home hope Maria Orlova by just 0.04 seconds.

Despite winning her fifth World Cup gold medal this season, it wan't enough for Yarnold to retain her overall crown, with Austria's Janine Flock taking that title.

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Yarnold back on track with win in Germany

British Olympic hero Lizzy Yarnold has claimed her second victory of the current World Cup skeleton season in Konigssee, Germany.

Eyes down: Lizzy Yarnold sets off on a run in Konigssee. Credit: Daniel Naupold/DPA/PA

The British slider completed her two runs in one minute 44.24 seconds, a comfortable 0.71 seconds ahead of second-placed German Anja Huber.

Yarnold, 26, started the season with victory in Lake Placid but was forced to miss the following race in Calgary after experiencing dizzy spells. She returned to form by taking silver last week in Altenberg.

"I think eventually I've learned to relax on this track," Yarnold said. "It's taken me six years and I've eventually got it!"

Lizzy Yarnold 'proud' to be flag bearer for Britain

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.

Lizzy Yarnold to carry flag at Sochi closing ceremony

Lizzy Yarnold will carry the flag for Great Britain at Sunday's closing ceremony. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.

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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

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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."

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
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