Yarnold, who rents a flat off Williams in Bath, is fast becoming a contender to continue Britain’s fine tradition in skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Russia in just over a year’s time.
Coming up to just a year competing on the World Cup circuit, Yarnold has four podium finishes including four wins while she also won bronze on her World Championship debut.
She won the world junior title last year and is the best Brit in this season’s World Cup, sitting fourth with compatriot and last year’s overall winner Shelley Rudman sixth after five of nine rounds.
Rudman is one of three Brits to have won a skeleton medal since it was put back on the Olympic programme at Salt Lake 2002, where Alex Coomber took bronze, winning silver at Turin 2006 four years before Williams’ gold at Vancouver 2010.
And, while Rudman’s hopes of a second-career Olympic medal are far from slim, Williams, who retired from the sport citing injury in May, is talking up Yarnold’s chances but with a warning.
“Lizzy had more runs in one month than I had in my first three years after I began in 2002,” said Williams. “Training with Lizzy, I saw how confident and powerful she is.
“She has seen there is nothing to stop her doing the same as I did if she works hard, keeps her head down and doesn’t allow herself to be distracted.”