Winter Games Athletes
Yarnold heads to Sochi fresh off the most successful World Cup skeleton season ever by a British woman. She surpassed the mark of six podium finishes previously set by former Olympic medalists and compatriots Shelley Rudman and Alex Coomber. She is among the favorites for the top spot along with the United States’ Noelle Pikus-Pace, whom Yarnold knocked off for four first-place finishes when competing on the World Cup circuit. That dominance helped her claim an overall World Cup championship as she finished 152 points ahead of Pikus-Pace. After dabbling in many sports as a young girl, including high-diving, horseback riding, netball and others, she’s enjoyed a meteoric rise since discovering skeleton at the age of 19. She joined the British national squad in 2010 and two years later was a junior world champion and bronze medalist at the 2012 world championships. Yarnold appears to be the best chance for Britain to claim a medal in women’s skeleton as the country looks for a spot on that sport's Olympic podium for the fourth straight time.