Who is Lizzy Yarnold, does she have a husband, how she created history at the Winter Games, and is she a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee?
16th December 2018

The Kent slider, 29, won the skeleton again to become the first British athlete to win back-to-back Winter Olympic golds.

Who is Lizzy Yarnold?

YARNOLD is a British skeleton racer from Sevenoaks in Kent. 

The 30-year-old hit the headlines in 2014 when she won the skeleton gold medal at Sochi Winter Olympics becoming the second British athlete in row to win the event.

Then at this Winter Games in South Korea, she was again victorious in skeleton.

Initially a heptathlete, she attended a UK Sport's Girls4Gold talent search, however after being inspired by Denise Lewis at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she took up the Skeleton.

The MBE awardee is the most successful British winter Olympian of all time.


What are her other achievements

She began competing in 2010 and won the junior World title and became a bronze medallist in the senior World Championships in 2012.

Aside from her Winter Olympic gold medal, Yarnold won the European Championships and World Championships within a month of each other in 2015.

During the World Championships at Winterberg, Germany she broke the course record twice.

Is she married?

Yarnold is married to her sled co-designer and McLaren engineer James Roche.

The pair met at the 2014 Sochi Games, when Roche was the sled designer for Team GB.

And she announced that the couple are expecting their first baby with a hilarious Instagram photograph.

Is Lizzy Yarnold a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee?

Lizzy Yarnold was revealed as one of the six nominees for the main award.

She joins Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas, Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton and James Anderson for the Sports Personality of the Year honour.

She would become the first Skeleton athlete to do so and first Winter athlete since Torvill and Dean in 1984 to claim the title, should she be victorious.

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