Lizzy Yarnold chasing historic skeleton world championship gold

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Lizzy Yarnold
After Olympic, World Cup and European success, the World Championship title is the only major honour to elude Lizzy Yarnold.

Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold aims to complete a historic career quadruple by winning the skeleton World Championship in Germany.

Britian has a six-strong team at the event which takes place in Winterberg from 23 February to 8 March.

Yarnold, 26, won European gold earlier this year to add to her Sochi Olympic and World Cup titles from 2014.

"It would be an honour to be the first Briton to hold the World, Olympic and European titles together," she said.

"I'm feeling really motivated."

British Skeleton squad
Lizzy YarnoldDominic Parsons
Laura DeasEd Smith
Rose McGrandleDavid Swift

Yarnold finished second in the overall World Cup rankings - winning five races, but losing ground on eventual winner Janine Flock of Austria after missing the race in Calgary, Canada following dizziness.

Team-mates Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle both impressed with podium finishes during the season and will hope to continue that form in Germany.

"This post-Olympic season has been very exciting for GB," said British Skeleton performance advisor Andi Schmid.

"We are absolutely the top women's nation in the world with three sliders in the top 10".

Britain's Lizzy Yarnold repeats Sochi success

Sochi Olympian Dominic Parsons is joined in the men's skeleton event by Ed Smith and David Swift.

Leading British bobsleigh pilots John Jackson and Paula Walker miss the World Championships after injury and pregnancy respectively.

Their 14-strong squad for the World Championships includes Sochi Olympian Lamin Deen as well as two-time summer Team GB Olympic sprinter Simeon Williamson who has been selected as one of the seven push athletes.

Youth Olympic silver medallist Mica McNeill will lead the women's GBR 1 sled having come through the World Cup season as the leading junior pilot.

British Bobsleigh squad
Lamin Deen and Olly Buddulph (pilots)Mica McNeill and Victoria Olaoye (pilots)
Bruce Tasker, Ben Simons, Andrew Matthews, Toby Olubi, Simeon Williamson, Brad Hall, Jordan Smallin (push athletes)Alesha Kiddle, Nikki McSweeney, Lucy Onyeforo (push athletes)

"It's very much a transition year for us," said GB Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson.

"Deen has also shown that with the fastest starting crew available he can be up there challenging the world's best.

"But for us it is all about the trajectory towards 2018 [Pyeongchang Olympics] and the World Championships in Winterberg are a stepping stone to that."

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