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MGGS former pupil Lizzy Yarnold carries flag for Britain at Winter Olympics

Thursday 8th February 2018

FORMER Maidstone Girls' Grammar School pupil Lizzy Yarnold - a gold medal winning Olympian from 2014 - will carry the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Lizzy, 29, was chosen by her GB team-mates for the honour when the 23rd Games open in South Korea tomorrow.

She told the BBC: "It's really exciting and the opening ceremony is the start of something that I know from Sochi will be the biggest two weeks of my life."

Lizzy is the first Briton to defend a Winter Olympic title when she competes in the skeleton at Alpensia Sliding Centre on February 16 and 17.

She added: "I wanted to be part of the team and the opening ceremony regardless of the weather. I'm going to try and hold the flag out with one arm throughout the ceremony - we'll see.

"The Alpensia track is quite different to when we have been here before. The ice is absolutely perfect - super hard."

Yarnold finished on the podium once during the World Cup season - a bronze in the first race in Lake Placid in the United States.

"It's been an up and down World Cup season," she said. "It's a lesson that I needed to respect the sport and appreciate anything can happen.

"But I do know what I'm doing, I've learned and I'm in a good place."

Lizzy, of West Kingsdown, carried the flag at the closing ceremony in Sochi, Russia, four years ago after winning gold.