Healthista Sports Editor Adele Norris has the latest in women’s sport
Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold: ‘It’s about going out and meeting people and showing them that they can achieve their dreams as well.’
Lizzy told Team GB she had been blown away by the welcome given to her during her open top bus parade.
She insisted her gold medal won in Sochi was for everyone.
The 25-year-old helped Team GB equal their best ever medal haul since 1924 when she stormed to victory in the skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center last month.
In doing so she became one of only ten gold medallists in British Winter Olympic history with her achievements recognised when she was chosen to be her nation’s flagbearer at the closing ceremony.
Yarnold also secured the World Cup title this season.
She was given an official hero’s welcome through her home village of West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks, on Friday when hundreds of people took to the streets to cheer.
‘It just takes your breath away because so many people are here and shouting my name,’ she said.
‘That makes it for me. I don’t want to sit at home polishing the medal at night.
‘It’s about going out and meeting people and showing them that they can achieve their dreams as well. The best thing is seeing people like you because I know how much it means to everyone else.
‘The gold medal was not just for me it was for everyone.’
Helen Jenkins races for the first time since London 2012 Olympics Games nd comes 4th.
The two time individual World Champion took part in the women’s ITU Triathlon World Cup in New Zealand.
Jenkins, 30, finished fifth in the women’s triathlon at London 2012 and hasn’t competed since as she battled back from a knee injury.
She is up against teammates Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall, Jodie Stimpson, who finished as runner-up behind fellow Brit Non Stanford in last year’s World Series.
Jenkins won the women’s triathlon world title in 2008 and 2011.
She said: ‘It’s been a long time since I stood on a start line so I’m looking forward to this. It will be good to get the first race done and experience all of the nerves and all of the excitement. I’ll see how this one goes look forward to building on whatever performance I get.’
What a great return, Helen finished in 4th place with a time of 57:54.
She tweeted: ‘So happy to be out there racing today and a better start than I had hoped for. Well done to the girls on the podium. Great racing by everyone.’
Elise Christie makes up for Winter Olympic disappointment claiming silver on the second day of the World Championships in Montreal.
Christie was disqualified in all three of the individual short track speed skating events at Sochi 2014.
But has bounced back to take 500m silver behind Korean Park Hi-Seung in Canada.
Christie was involved with a collision with Park in the 500m final at the Winter Olympics last month but there was no such drama this time as they finished one two.
Christie led throughout but was overtaken by Park on the final bend.
She began the World Championships with a fifth in the 1500m and still has her favoured 1000m, in which she won global bronze last year, to come.
Great Britain enjoyed their most successful Games since Innsbruck in 1984 with six medals.
Team GB finished with one gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
The GB team finished 10th in the medal table above Norway and Sweden.
Visually impaired skier Jade Etherington won three silvers and a bronze with her guide Caroline Powell.
It makes them the greatest British Winter Paralympian pair of all-time.
Jade carried the British flag at the closing ceremony last week to celebrate.
Surfer Bethany Hamilton wins ASP Pipeline Pro.
In 3-5 foot surf Bethany took the first heat.
The 24 year old of Hawaii is well known for surviving a shark attack in 2003.
The 14-foot tiger shark bit off her left arm but just one month later Bethany returned to the sport and a year later she took her first national title: 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships
In the ASP Pipeline Pro final she was followed by Moana James, Sayuri Hashimoto and Dax McGill.
Adele Norris is the sports editor at healthista.com
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