Another Yarn? Lizzy hasn’t ruled it out

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold poses with her gold medal
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold poses with her gold medal
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Lizzy Yarnold will take time to consider her future having celebrated her second Winter Olympic skeleton gold with some knitting and a murder mystery drama.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Shedfield, clinched victory in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday.

The triumph, which followed up her maiden crown in Sochi four years ago, saw her become the first Brit to win back-to-back Winter Olympic golds.

Yarnold, who won world and European titles in 2015 before taking a year-long sabbatical, has refused to rule out a bid for a hat-trick in 2022.

She said: ‘I need to get over my chest infection first. I’ll take a break and get back to you.

‘I was knitting on Sunday morning and that was quite calming.

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning gold

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning gold

‘I woke up really early as I’m not sleeping very well at the moment.

‘I didn’t really know what to do but Netflix and chill – and do a bit of knitting.

‘I’m only doing strips because I can’t do a pattern, it’s too complicated.

‘It’s nice because my nan taught me how to knit and she passed away a few years ago. So it’s something I can do and feel connected to her.’

I didn’t really know what to do but Netflix and chill – and do a bit of knitting

Lizzy Yarnold

Yarnold’s viewing choice was Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, with female detective Phryne Fisher the lead.

The slider has been a leader for Britain in Pyeongchang – carrying the flag in the opening ceremony, just as she did at the closing one in Sochi in 2014.

And she is now the most decorated British Winter Olympian – ahead of figure skaters Jeannette Altwegg and duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who each have one gold and one bronze.

‘As each minute passes it becomes more of a reality,’ added Yarnold.

‘But it still is an unbelievable series of events, of everything just coming together.

‘There’s a whole dream of if everything goes right.

‘If I do this, if I get this corner, if that transfers, if the speed comes, everything will work magically. I guess now it’s just relief everything did go to plan.’

‘It’s a massive, massive honour. It was a big dream to challenge myself to try to defend my title after Sochi.

‘Initially I wanted to be world champion and European champion and I managed that with Eric (Bernotas), my coach.

‘And now together to win another Olympic title is just awesome.

‘After the first run on Friday I was almost at the point of pulling out. My chest infection was stopping me from breathing.

‘I just tried to get the second run down and then fight another day.

‘The emotions are gratitude to the whole team to get here. Then there is relief and exhaustion. And lots of crying.’

Yarnold’s combined time of 3min 27.28sec across her four runs saw her beat silver medallist Jacqueline Loelling, of Germany, by 0.45sec.

Fellow Brit Laura Deas picked up the bronze a further 0.17sec adrift.