Dream becomes reality as Yarnold slides to gold

Published: 15/02/2014

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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