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Lizzy joins double decker's skeleton crew

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

Winter Olympics gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold takes to a double decker to meet her fans PICTURE: CHRIS RADBURN/PA

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The West Country's gold medal-winning Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold was given a hero's welcome during an open-top bus parade in her home county.

Thousands of cheering fans turned out in Kent to mark her achievement in winning Great Britain's only gold medal at the Sochi Games in the skeleton. Yarnold, 25, who trains at the University of Bath, waved as well-wishers held Union flags and cheered as she passed through on top of a double-decker wearing her gold medal and Team GB tracksuit.

She said: "It just takes your breath away because so many people are here and shouting my name. I didn't know that many people a few months ago. I had about 300 friends on Facebook and suddenly people know my name. That makes it for me. I don't want to sit at home polishing the medal at night. It's about going out and meeting people and showing them that they can achieve their dreams as well."

Among those on board the bus were many of her friends and proud parents, Judith and Clive, who saw her spring to stardom at the Games.

Mrs Yarnold said she was touched by the support given to her Olympic champion daughter.

She said she hoped her daughter's achievement would now inspire the next generation of British medal winners.

She added: "I have been in tears seeing the little children singing. It just means so much and it is lovely to see."

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