Lizzy Yarnold retires from skeleton after winning two Olympic gold medals

BRITAIN'S most decorated Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold has announced her retirement from skeleton, saying she is "ready for a new chapter" in her life.

The first Briton to retain a Winter Games title when she won gold at Pyeongchang 2018, the 29-year-old now plans to help the country's young athletes as they prepare for future Olympics.

 Lizzy Yarnold waves the Union Jack above her head after winning Olympic gold for the second time

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Lizzy Yarnold waves the Union Jack above her head after winning Olympic gold for the second time
 Lizzy Yarnold pumps the air with delight after her stunning final run led to Olympic gold

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Lizzy Yarnold pumps the air with delight after her stunning final run led to Olympic gold

"It has been an amazing 10 years of my life, and I have been lucky enough to learn from amazing coaches and be part of this team," Yarnold told the BBC.

"It was never just me by myself. So I can take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping me achieve my dreams.

"When I came into the sport I wanted to go to the Olympics and now I have achieved everything I could have dreamed of and more."

Over a 10-year career, Yarnold won every major trophy in the sport, including World Championship, World Cup and European Championship titles, before claiming her second Olympic gold medal in South Korea eight months ago.

 Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain poses with her Skeleton gold medals

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Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain poses with her Skeleton gold medals

 Yarnold screams with delight as she realises she has defended her Olympic skeleton title

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Yarnold screams with delight as she realises she has defended her Olympic skeleton title

Yarnold won her first Winter Games title at Sochi in 2014 and by successfully defending her Olympic crown in Pyeongchang, moved ahead of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and Jeanette Altwegg, who each won gold and bronze in figure skating, as the most decorated British Winter Olympian.

"Lizzy has given everything to our sport and she undoubtedly deserves her status as a true great," British Skeleton's Head of Performance, Danny Holdcroft, said in a statement.

"Her drive and desire to defend her Olympic title was a shining example of digging deep into both physical and mental trenches to achieve a dream."

British skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold's parents celebrate their daughter becoming the first British Olympian to defend a gold medal

BRITAIN'S most decorated Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold has announced her retirement from skeleton, saying she is "ready for a new chapter" in her life.