A roundup of Team GB’s action from the weekend, including Elizabeth Anne Yarnold’s Skeleton gold, reports Nick Newton
Lizzy, as she is better well known as, was suffering from a chest infection throughout the final. She started 0.30 of a second in front at the end of the first time lapse. Yarnold then continued to build up speed and by the time she was at the second time lapse, she had increased her lead to 0.44 seconds.
The time to beat was 2:51:11, which was set by Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling. As Lizzy continued to push, she carried on building up more and more speed as she raced down the track. On one of the most testing corners, she came around it with a lead of half a second and looked certain for the win. It was a tight finish but Lizzy completed her run with a time of 3:27:28, putting her 0.45 of a second ahead, to secure the first gold of the games for Team GB.
When asked about how she was going to celebrate winning gold at the Winter Olympics, she said: “I need to get over my chest infection first”. Arnold’s illness made her performance even more impressive and special for her to look back on in years to come.
Elsewhere at the Winter Olympics, Britain’s Penny and Nick Buckland are in with a chance of winning gold. The pair is now in the final of the Ice Dance competition after scoring a solid 68.36.
The men’s Curling team are joint third in the table. They narrowly beat Denmark 7-6, after skipper Kyle Smith led them into a sudden game, which Team GB went on to win. This gives Team GB men’s Curling a chance of winning a medal if they can win their semi-final game. The women’s team are also in action against Switzerlandtoday.