Home   Kent   News   Article

West Kingsdown Olympian Lizzy Yarnold chosen as Team GB flagbearer

By Anna MacSwan
Kent's Lizzy Yarnold will be carrying the flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics tomorrow.
 
The defending women's skeleton champion, who is from West Kingsdown, will lead Team GB's 59 athletes into the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.
 
This is the second time Yarnold, a former pupil at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, will be Flagbearer for Team TB, having done the job at the closing ceremony at Sochi in 2014.
 
Kent's Lizzie Yarnold will be carrying the flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Picture Team GB

Kent's Lizzie Yarnold will be carrying the flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Picture: Team GB

 
She said: "My first reaction when I was asked to be Flagbearer was complete excitement and I’m really proud to march in front of the whole team.
 
"There are so many talented athletes competing here for Team GB at this Olympic Games and hopefully this can be the start of our most successful ever Winter Olympics.

"This could be the start of something really special and I hope the other athletes aren’t too far behind me as we’re very much one team going into these Games.”

The 29-year-old hopes to become the first British Winter Olympian to retain her Olympic crown.
 
Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission for PyeongChang 2018, said: “As a defending champion and model athlete, Lizzy is the ideal choice to lead Team GB into the Olympic Stadium tomorrow evening. 

"She has achieved so much in skeleton over the last four years and I’m sure this will be another proud moment for one of our finest winter athletes.

"For the rest of the delegation, to follow behind an Olympic champion into the Opening Ceremony will no doubt be great boost for what we hope will be a successful and memorable Games for Team GB.”

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More