Sochi 2014: Lizzy Yarnold targets Olympic gold in skeleton

Lizzy Yarnold

British skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold is aiming to succeed compatriot Amy Williams as Olympic skeleton champion.

The 24-year-old from Sevenoaks finished fourth at last month's World Championships despite it being her first full season in the sport.

"I'm really pleased with last year. To come fourth is obviously disappointing, but the girls in front have 10 years' experience," she told BBC Radio Kent.

"Amy Williams won gold [at Vancouver 2010] and I want to continue that."

Yarnold won bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, beating fellow Brits Shelley Rudman and Williams into fourth and fifth respectively.

However, it was Rudman who took gold in St Moritz last month as Yarnold was squeezed out of the podium places, a repeat of their finishing positions in the 2012 World Cup.

"Of course I wanted a medal, but looking back on last season it was all about being consistent," she continued.

"There were nine races on the world cup circuit, an international training week at the Olympic track in Sochi and a world championship race.

"In my least successful runs I was still making the top 10."

The circuit in Sochi is part of a brand-new complex developed for the 2014 games.

In the 2013-14 World Cup series, skeleton racers will get one more opportunity to test themselves around it before the Olympics.

"The Sochi track is outstanding. It has three uphill sections which is a bit strange for a bobsleigh track.

"I can't wait to get back on it October and keep chipping away to learn the track better," Yarnold added.

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