New Chapter for Kent's Lizzy Yarnold
Two-time Winter Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold announced her retirement from skeleton racing in October after a decade of competing and a tough international touring schedule.
And, although she’s relishing the thought of new challenges and more spare time, the 30-year-old from Sevenoaks is still passionate about the sport in which – earlier this year in Pyeongchang – she became the first Team GB winter athlete to retain an Olympic title.
“I just feel ready for a new chapter in my life,” says Lizzy. “When I came into the sport I wanted to go to the Olympics and now I’ve achieved everything I’ve dreamt of and more, I guess I’d like to put a few more things on my CV.
“I’d still love to be involved in skeleton and give back to the sport that’s given me so much and I also love being a voice for women. I know my journey hasn’t necessarily been the same as in some other disciplines so if I can continue to keep talking about women in sport and banging the drum for other people that’s what I’ll do. I’m really glad to now go and watch more matches, be a part of other things, and to show up and support young female athletes.”