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Dream come true as former Maidstone schoolgirl Lizzy Yarnold earns place at Winter Olympics

22 January 2014

Lizzy Yarnold in skeleton action. Picture Phil Searle

Lizzy Yarnold in skeleton action. Picture: Phil Searle

Former Maidstone schoolgirl Lizzy Yarnold has been named in the Great Britain squad for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Yarnold's place was confirmed on Wednesday morning and the 25-year-old, who went to Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, can't wait for the Games.

She said: “This really is a dream come true. My whole life I have dreamt about becoming a British Olympian and for the last five years since I took up skeleton, competing at Sochi 2014 has been my primary focus.

"This season has been great for my preparation. I am in a good place both physically and mentally and I can’t wait to get back on the Sochi track, go over the lines and maintain my focus.

"I don’t take part in races to come second, so I will approach the Olympic Winter Games as I do every race and give it everything I’ve got."

Yarnold won her fourth Skeleton World Cup race of the season in Austria last weekend and has finished on the podium in all seven meetings.

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