Lizzy Yarnold OBE is Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time.
She cemented her place in sporting history after winning every major title in the Skeleton in just 407 days.
Lizzy won her first Gold Medal at the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg, Germany (with two track records) to add to her Grand Slam collection of Olympic and European titles and the overall World Cup title in the 2013/2014.
Yarnold is the second athlete ever and the first British slider to hold the Grand Slam titles at the same time when she was the Olympic, World and European Champion.
Lizzy won the Olympic Skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on 14th February 2014. She won having led the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire four-race event – her winning margin of 0.97 seconds was the largest ever.
She successfully defended her Olympic title at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, despite suffering from some health problems including a chest infection and dizziness due to a flare-up of her vestibular condition.
Following the 2018 Winter Games, Lizzy announced her retirement from the sport.
Lizzy was awarded an OBE for Services to Sport in June 2014. During the same year, Lizzy was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Following her sensational 2014 Winter Olympics win, Lizzy captured the hearts and imagination of the British Public. People warmed to the humble young woman from Kent who never gave up on her dreams and with a frightening determination, reached the pinnacle of world sport.
Lizzy Yarnold’s rise to Olympic champion in just five years is an indication of her focus and determination. Yarnold’s coaches maintain that her mental toughness is indeed unique.
As an Olympic motivational speaker, Lizzy can tailor her messages to suit different audiences.
Pulling on her experiences from the world of elite sport and having studied ‘Mental Toughness’ at University, Lizzy delivers inspirational and engaging presentations.
Speaking Topics include:
- Personal Resilience
- Goal Setting
- Mental Toughness
- Identifying & Retaining Talent
- Teamship & Collaboration
- Adapting to Change
- Controlling your Environment
A popular speaker for schools and colleges, Lizzy is passionate about encouraging pupils to work hard and follow their dreams. Trying her hand at every activity growing up, Lizzy didn’t find her true passion until the age of 19. She speaks passionately about believing in your ability, working hard, never giving up on your dreams & having the confidence to be yourself.