|XXIII Olympic Winter Games|
|Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times|
Lizzy Yarnold defended her skeleton title and Laura Deas claimed bronze on Great Britain’s most successful day at a Winter Olympics.
It took the British medal count on Saturday to three, after Izzy Atkin claimed a ski slopestyle bronze.
But short-track speed skating medal hope Elise Christie fell in the 1,500m.
Yarnold, having won gold at Sochi 2014, becomes the first Briton to retain a Winter Games title and also the first skeleton athlete to do so.
Yarnold headed into the final run 0.02 seconds behind leader Janine Flock, but a poor finish from the Austrian saw her drop out of the medal places.
Deas jumped into bronze and Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling took silver, 0.45 seconds behind Yarnold as the 29-year-old set a track record to become Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian.
Only figure skater Jeannette Altwegg and skating pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who have one gold medal and one bronze each, also have multiple medals for Britain.
It is the first time Britain have won three individuals medals on one day at a Winter Games – eclipsing the two won in 1924.
The British team have now matched their record medal tally of four, set in Sochi four years ago and in France in 1924.
Atkin earns GB second medal in Pyeongchang
Atkin, born in the United States, scored 84.60 on a strong final run to claim a first British Winter Olympic medal on skis.
The bronze means Great Britain have now won medals on snow at consecutive Winter Games, following Jenny Jones’ slopestyle bronze in Sochi in 2014.
This, however, was the first time they had won a medal on skis. Scot Alain Baxter finished third in the slalom at the 2002 Games, but was stripped of his bronze after a positive drugs test.
Atkin’s success comes a day after Dom Parsons won bronze in the men’s skeleton for GB’s first medal of the 2018 Games. UK Sport has set the team a record target of at least five medals from these Games. They achieved a total of four at Sochi 2014, and at the 1924 Olympics.
On her Olympic debut, Atkin was in bronze medal position going into the third and final run but she was pushed down into fourth by American Maggie Voisin.
The Briton responded shortly after with her cleanest run of the competition to regain third place and none of the final three skiers could better her effort.
Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin won gold with a score of 91.20 and compatriot Mathilde Gremaud took silver. Another Briton Katie Summerhayes finished seventh.
“I knew I’d skied the best I could and I was just waiting for the last girls to drop,” Atkin said. “My heart was racing and I couldn’t believe it.”
The teenager, who won a World Cup gold and world championship silver last year, lives in Park City in Utah but has a British father.
‘I was throwing my guts up’
Atkin has British and Malaysian parents but was persuaded to compete for Britain by Park and Pipe ski head coach Pat Sharples, who was aware of her dual nationality.
“She’s been the dark horse, the little quiet girl who has come from behind and this is just the start of her career,” he said.
“I knew they would have to put down big runs but I had just drunk loads of water and I just couldn’t handle it all. I was throwing my guts up.”
Analysis – ‘GB will go from strength to strength’
Jenny Jones, 2014 GB Olympic bronze medallist snowboarder
It’s the first ever Olympic medal for the freestyle skiers and everyone in the team was watching with nerves. That will give so much confidence to James Woods ahead of his event tomorrow.
We have both a ski and a snowboard medal now and we’re just going from strength to strength in freestyle.
This is Izzy’s first Olympics, she’s got at least one or two, maybe three, more Olympics in her.
Saturday’s gold medal winners so far
Britain women beat Denmark for third curling win
Team GB’s women’s curlers beat Denmark 7-6 to enhance their prospects of a place in the semi-finals.
Eve Muirhead’s rink controlled the second half of the match and could have won more emphatically.
“I think as a team we still have a lot left in the tank,” Muirhead told BBC Sport. “That’s a positive thing to take forward.
“As a team we need to figure out how to step up a little bit, but the second half of that game was superb.”
However, the men’s hopes of making the semi-finals were dented after an 11-5 defeat by hosts South Korea.
The Koreans, who had lost all four previous matches and are the lowest ranked of the countries competing, played superbly throughout.
“I’m not sure it went that badly wrong to be honest,” skip Kyle Smith told BBC Sport.
Their next match is against Italy on Sunday.
Other Games news on day eight
- The Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team will be able to compete in their preferred sled after a beer producer purchased the craft and donated it to the nation’s federation.
- Artist Marc Ahr has revealed he used vodka to stop his paint freezing while capturing the Winter Olympics opening ceremony last week. “I put the vodka in my water colours so it doesn’t freeze,” he said. “It’s nice, it gives it a marble effect.”
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