Skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold will be Team GB's only defending champion at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Find out what she snacks on – and her top training tips
When Lizzy Yarnold won Skeleton Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the world took note. Chosen to take part in the sport after entering a talent ID programme called ‘Girls for Gold’ in 2008, she was picked for her focus and unbreakable determination. Within five years she had earned Gold medals at the World Championships, the European Championships and the Olympics. In 2014, Lizzy was awarded an MBE for services to sport. Her goal? To retain her Olympic title at PyeongChang. We quizzed her on the secrets to sporting success and uncovered some surprising answers.
Five things you didn't know about Lizzy Yarnold...
1. Her favourite high-protein snack is beef jerky
Rather than adopting a special diet during training, Lizzy tries to eat well all the time, adding in protein to help build muscle and provide maximum energy for competing. “My training diet isn’t too dissimilar to my normal diet. My nutritionist loves little tricks like Tupperware boxes of yogurt, lots of milk and beef jerky as well, so I eat lots of dried meats.”
2. She’s competitive off the slopes as well as on
Off piste, Lizzy loves cooking, knitting and listening to The Archers. But even in her downtime she likes to keep active. Growing up on a farm gave Lizzy an early love of being outdoors and she took up pursuits such as netball and tennis, as well as heptathlon – in which she later specialised. “I love sports like skiing and tennis, but also team sports. My sisters are good at netball, so it’s nice to play with them,” she says.
3. She goes to work on an egg
As an athlete, Lizzy knows the importance of upping her protein intake for muscle repair and sustaining her energy levels. Her daily breakfast is a good mixture of protein and carbohydrate, which sets her up for the day. “I’ll usually have two medium boiled eggs with two bits of brown toast,” she explains.
4. Her secret indulgence is… chocolate!
With all that physical activity, it’s not surprising that Lizzy craves a sweet treat every now and then. “I think food is my lucky charm because I am always hungry, so I always have really good snacks with me,” she says. “My favourite treat has always been chocolate, but now I try to have dark chocolate because it is a bit better for you.”
5. Her top tip for training is to stay hydrated
As well as filling her body with nutritious foods, Lizzy knows that for it to function to its best ability, it needs plenty of fluids, too. But try telling her colleagues that! “I don’t find it difficult at all to stay hydrated during training. I actually go to the toilet so often it is annoying to my team mates,” she laughs.
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