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Gabby Logan Meets Lizzy Yarnold

Winning Olympic Gold in the skeleton

Lizzy Yarnold MBE is a British skeleton racer who joined the national squad in 2010. She won the 2013-14 Skeleton World Cup (only once finishing off the podium the whole season) followed by a gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Initially a heptathlete, Lizzy was inspired to take up the sport after watching Denise Lewis at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She began competing in 2010 and won her first official race. Her most recent victory at the Olympics was remarkable, as she had the fastest run of each of the four runs and set new track records on her first and third run. Lizzy’s gold was the 10th gold medal ever achieved by British athletes in 90 years of Winter Olympics competition. Gabby Logan is an English presenter and a former Wales international gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ITV. She hosted Final Score for BBC Sport from 2009 until 2013. She has also presented a variety of live sports events for the BBC, including a revived episode of Superstars in December 2012 and since 2013, she has co-hosted Sports Personality of the Year for the channel. Gabby now deputises for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day.

Lizzy Yarnold was interviewed by Gabby Logan. Lizzy trains for success. She develops her capabilities, skills and strengths with training, and enhances this with how she visualizes success. It is important to have clarity and vision of the objective, a presence of mind that sets the emotion and the passion to achieve. Setting the “goal” (whatever it is) prior to the competition means that you make the choice before you start, rather than having to react. Her success as an athlete has evolved around dedicated preparation, an attitude for success, and a process of visualizing and imagining the steps ahead to achieve goals and objectives. This has enabled her to remain focused on her goals, and not on the competition. It is important to know yourself, how you work and communicate your objectives to other people, and have the attitude to improve your strengths. Accentuate the positives rather than the negatives.