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Yarnold proud of achieving Sochi dream

ESPN staff
February 15, 2014
Lizzy Yarnold indicated it was always her intention to compete at Sochi - but never dreamed of winning gold © Getty Images

Lizzy Yarnold maintained she was "proud" of making her dreams come true with a gold medal win in the Skeleton - Great Britain's first Olympic medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Yarnold broke the track record at the Slide Center with her third run of 57.91 seconds, before beating the rest of the field in the fourth and final run with a time of 58.09s to claim top spot.

The Brit only began her Skeleton career in 2008 through the inclusion of Girls4Gold, a UK Sport-funded female sporting talent recruitment drive, but indicated she had always wanted to compete in Sochi.

"I always secretly intended to come to Sochi," Yarnold told BBC Sport. "That was always my dream and my goal but to win the whole race is far beyond my expectations.

"It is unexplainable. I am sure it won't sink in for another few days. I have worked so hard to get into this position and I am just so proud that my dreams have come true. I always have high expectations of myself.

"On the fourth run I knew I had a substantial lead and tried to relax, but I knew my coach would be nervous as I made a mistake right near the top but I just had to try and stay calm and get through the rest of the run.

"I treat all the races as the same and the relaxation comes with enjoying the sport and that was important today."

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