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Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has paid tribute to the "well-oiled" British machine that keeps churning out medal winners after taking gold at the Sochi Games.
ROSA KHUTOR: Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has paid tribute to the "well-oiled" British machine that keeps churning out medal winners after taking gold at the Sochi Games.
Yarnold dominated the event on Thursday and Friday, topping all four heats to keep the gold in British hands after the triumph of Amy Williams at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
It was the fourth skeleton medal in four Olympics for Britain, and Yarnold said a culture of winning had been established.
"There are many reasons why we are so good at this (skeleton)," the 25-year-old said. "We have the right mentality. This is the most successful winter sport for us."
"This is our fourth Olympic medal in four Olympics. I felt like an athlete coming into a well-oiled machine. "
"There are so many great teammates to help me along. British skeleton is good because we find the right athletes that are good at it, that can learn tracks quickly and become winners," Yarnold added.
"I came here wanting to do my own best and do myself justice and I'm so proud for Great Britain and everyone who supported me."
Vancouver gold medallist Williams, who retired in 2012, said she was thrilled that Yarnold had kept the gold in British hands.
"Lizzie's been a beautiful bubble of confidence in every one of her races. I'm so proud of her that we kept the medal in Great Britain and wrote ourselves into the history books," the 31-year-old Williams said.
Britain is the only country to have won a skeleton medal at all four Olympic Winter Games since the event was reinstated at the Games in 2002.
The country's proud history of success in the skeleton even stretches back to the 1928 and 1948 Olympics, when they won bronze medals.
Friday's skeleton win is the second time Britain have won the same event at consecutive Winter Games, after John Curry and Robin Cousins won gold in men's singles figure skating at the 1976 and 1980 Games