Dream becomes reality as Yarnold slides to gold
Thirty years to the day since Torvill and Dean strung perfect 6s over at Sarajevo, Lizzy Yarnold shone in Sochi as she blitzed her skeleton rivals by almost a second to claim Winter Olympic gold for Great Britain.
A day that had started with a trip to the top of a nearby mountain and a diet of British TV dramas ended with her soaring to victory with a 0.97 margin over her closest rival Noelle Pikus-Pace and handing a Valentine’s card to her boyfriend, sled designer James Roche at the finish line.
Roared on by members of her friends and family, the 25-year-old from Kent turned a 0.44sec overnight lead into an advantage of over three-quarters of a second after a track record-breaking third run which effectively sealed her triumph.
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