Lizzy Yarnold MBE is a British sportswoman best known for clinching the gold medal in the skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
She began her sporting experience as a heptathlete, the inspiration coming from Denise Lewis at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but in 2008 she took part in UK Sport’s Girls4Gold talent scheme and was identified as suitable for the skeleton.
As testament to both her talents and the Girls4Gold scouting system, she went on to cement her place in sporting history after winning every major title in her sport of skeleton in the space of 407 days.
Lizzy won the Olympic Skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on 14th February 2014, having led the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire four-race event – her winning margin of 0.97 seconds was the largest ever.
Her gold was the tenth gold medal ever achieved by British athletes in 90 years of Winter Olympics competition, and also ensured that Great Britain had won a medal in the Women’s Skeleton in every Winter Olympics since the event was introduced.
Lizzy is also the first British athlete and second person ever to win the Grand Slam of titles including the overall World Cup title that she won in 2013-14, leading to her being awarded an MBE for services to sport in June 2014.
An eloquent and passionate sports speaker, Lizzy is the ideal choice for events aimed at younger and more eclectic audiences; her charismatic personality shines out across any venue whilst the stories she shares regarding her experiences both as an Olympian and as a young sportsperson are both hugely entertaining and incredibly inspiring.
To book Olympic speaker and World Cup winner Lizzy Yarnold MBE as the speaker for your sports event contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or by telephone on: + 44 1509 85 29 27.
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