The skeleton. Who an earth invented that? Superb from Lizzy Yarnold, who is from a family of Addicks, to claim back to back Olympic gold medals in the skeleton, basically lying on a metal tray with your nose an inch from a frozen downhill ravine travelling at 80 mph. How a girl from Sevenoaks picks that as a career I will never know.
Yarnold is brilliant in front of the camera. Inspirational, self-deprecating and funny, and the country smiled with her yesterday as she smashed the course record at the sliding centre at Pyeongchang to grab gold as teammate Laura Deas won bronze in what was the most successful day ever for GB at a Winter Olympics.
Also yesterday Bermuda’s sole representative competed in the 15km cross country ski race. It was Tucker Murphy’s 3rd Winter Olympics and the 36-year old finished 104th in the field of 118 in a time of 43min, 5 secs. Just the 101 places outside of a medal. He did beat Pita Taufatofua though, the topless Tongan, who came 114th just under 23 minutes slower than the gold medallist, Dario Cologna of Switzerland.
With Elise Christie struggling to make the speed skating 1,000m heats, the jury is out whether GB can make the podium again. I’m watching though just in case.