Winter Olympics: Lizzy Yarnold defends skeleton gold as Laura Deas takes bronze

Lizzy Yarnold defends her Olympic skeleton title
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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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.

Great Britain’s record haul comes on the back of funding from UK Sport that was significantly up on the Sochi Games cycle

Atkin earns GB second medal in Pyeongchang

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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.