Lizzy Yarnold MBE

Olympic Gold Medal Winning Skeleton Racer

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold MBE is a British sportswoman best known for clinching the gold medal in the skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic speaker began her sporting experience as a heptathlete, the inspiration coming from Denise Lewis at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, but in 2008 she took part in UK Sport’s Girls4Gold talent scheme and was identified as suitable for the skeleton.

As a testament to both her talents and the Girls4Gold scouting system, she went on to cement her place in sporting history after winning every major title in her sport of skeleton in the space of 407 days. As a speaker, Lizzy often discusses her incredible achievement. She reflects on the drive and determination required to succeed in a career.

Lizzy won the Olympic Skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on 14th February 2014, having led the field in all four races of the event, her winning margin of 0.97 seconds was the largest ever. A rise like no other, Lizzy never expected to be an Olympic champion, let alone become one of Britain’s greatest ever female Skeleton participants.

The Olympic speaker’s gold was the tenth gold medal ever achieved by British athletes in 90 years of Winter Olympics competition She took part in the 2018 Winter Olympics and once again won a gold medal, Lizzy considers this her greatest ever achievement.

Lizzy is also the first British athlete and second person ever to win the Grand Slam of titles including the overall World Cup title that she won in 2013-14, leading to her being awarded an MBE for services to sport in June 2014. Lizzy has had one of the fastest rises to the top in sporting history which makes her an expert in dealing with pressure. Having unexpectedly spent a large part of her career in the media, Lizzy is considered an expert in how to deal with being under the spotlight.

Comfortable delivering a motivational speech, taking part in a Q&A session or working and interacting with groups or individuals, Lizzy is adept at tailoring her message to suit different audiences. Using her experiences from the world of elite sport and having studied ‘Mental Toughness’ at University, Lizzy can deliver sessions that will resonate your business and inspire your employees.

To book Lizzy Yarnold MBE for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When speaking at events, Lizzy is known to discuss topics such as:

  • Mental Resilience
  • Goal Setting & Being Goals Driven
  • Drive & Determination
  • Being Under the Spotlight
  • Dealing with Pressure
  • Leadership
  • Adapting To Change
  • Innovation

Throughout her career Lizzy has earned the following achievements:

  • Two gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games
  • One gold medal at the World Championships
  • One gold medal at the World Cup
  • One gold medal at the European Championships
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