Yarnold impresses in training

  • Last Updated: February 5 2014, 17:46 GMT

Britain's skeleton hopeful Lizzy Yarnold quickly got to grips with the Olympic course at the Sanki Sliding Center on Wednesday night by sliding 0.82 seconds faster than her closest rivals on her second official training run.

Lizzy Yarnold is impressive during her practice run
Lizzy Yarnold is impressive during her practice run

Yarnold, who was crowned overall World Cup champion last month after a season that yielded four victories from eight races, was quick to play down her 58.80secs time, but it was an encouraging start by arguably Great Britain's best gold medal hope in Sochi.

Yarnold said: "I don't take any notice of the times at all. I'm a very self-driven and process-driven athlete and there are so many things I need to think about and so many jobs to do so I can get better on the track."

Yarnold's run was watched by 2010 gold medallist Amy Williams, who was clearly impressed by her compatriot's performance and backed her decision not to pay any heed of the clock at this stage of the competition.

Williams said: "Studying those numbers doesn't get you down quicker. Yes it can show you where you're losing time, but ultimately you've got to lie on the sled and go by the feeling of the sled. Clearly it works for Lizzy.

"It's very early days and you can see which athletes are pushing hard and which ones are testing equipment and set-up. I can see Lizzy pushing pretty hard and she had a really good line and looked great and happy on the sled."

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