Skeleton - Yarnold not getting carried away despite strong start

Lizzy Yarnold continues to play down her start to the skeleton World Cup season despite admitting to having surpassed all her expectations since make her debut on the circuit in January.

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Lizzy Yarnold continues to play down her start to the skeleton World Cup season despite admitting to having surpassed all her expectations since make her debut on the circuit in January.

The 24-year-old heads into the Christmas break sitting fourth in the World Cup standings after two podium finishes, in Park City and Whistler, from the first five rounds.

Yarnold made her World Cup debut in Koenigssee however it was far from a glorious start as she finished 14th and fellow Brit and eventual overall winner Shelley Rudman took victory.

However she won two of the last three rounds of the season in St Moritz and Calgary as well as winning the junior world title and bronze at the senior World Championships.

Yarnold, who finished eighth last time out in La Plagne, admits to being stunned by her progress in less than a year but is refusing to get carried away with it.

"I'm really pleased with how it's gone so far. For me, consistency is key," said Yarnold, who is the best Brit on the World Cup this season with Rudman sixth and Donna Creighton 12th.

"Being the top Brit doesn't faze me, Donna and Shelley are both excellent athletes. But I don't enter competitions to win them; I enter them to do the best I possibly can, whatever that is.

"Both competition runs at La Plagne were technically good and I'm still fourth in the world. I would have been absolutely amazed if you had told me a year ago that's where I would be."

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