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- 04 March 2014 00:00
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Sochi 2014 gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold has a launched a nationwide search for Winter Olympic champions of the future with a new initiative titled Power2Podium: Skeleton.
Power2Podium: Skeleton has been formed through a partnership of UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport and British Skeleton while it aims to discover athletes who have what it takes to compete at the 2022 Winter Games.
The initiative comes following the recent success of Team GB in Russia where the Britain took four medals with skeleton gold for Yarnold, silver for the men's curlers and a bronze for both the women's curlers and for Jenny Jones in snowboard slopestyle.
The performance saw Team GB equal the record of four medals Britain won at the inaugural Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924.
Yarnold is a graduate of a similar UK Sport campaign - Girls4Gold - which helped her become Olympic champion just five years after trying the sport for the very first time.
"I was one of over 1,000 athletes who signed up to Girls4Gold back in 2008 and had little idea where the journey would take me,” she said.
"Now, I’m an Olympic champion in a sport I hadn’t even heard of at the time.
"I’d encourage anyone to take up this opportunity with Power2Podium, it could be the start of something very special.”
Power2Podium: Skeleton is aimed at talented males and females aged 17-25 who are currently competing in any sport at a regional standard and believe they can achieve Olympic success.
No previous experience in skeleton is required, but athletes should have the raw talent and capacity to develop under the guidance of elite coaches in a world class environment.
"Whilst we are still enjoying the reaction back in the UK to Lizzy's stunning gold medal win at the Olympic Winter Games, as a sport, British Skeleton's continued success on the world stage has in part been down to the systematic approach we apply to developing talented young athletes for the future,” said British Skeleton Performance Director Nigel Laughton.
"We are looking to add to our world-class squad of sliders and ensure that the success of British Skeleton continues for many Olympic cycles to come - and there is no better time to encourage promising young athletes to come and try out for skeleton.”
Applications for Power2Podium: Skeleton close at midnight on April 6, 2014.
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