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Lizzy Yarnold to take one-year break from skeleton

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Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has announced she is to take a rest from her sport for 12 months, covering the 2015-2016 World Cup season.

The 26-year-old has been the dominate force in her sport over the last two years, picking up Olympic, World, European and titles, but a hectic schedule has left her "burnt out."

Yarnold has made it quite clear that she is not quitting the high-speed sport and will return late in 2016 as she builds up to defending her Olympic title in 2018.

Fans will be happy with the Briton's reassurance after fellow Britons Kristen Bromley, who is a former world champion, and Yarnold's team-mate Rose McGrandle, both retired from the skeleton earlier this week.

The speedster is the second Briton in as many Olympics to win gold in the skeleton after Amy Williams led the way in Vancouver in 2010. It is a sport that British woman have excelled in, and since it was introduced into the Olympic program in 2002, the podium hasn't been without a British woman. Alex Coomber picked up Bronze in 2002, and Shelly Rudman took silver in 2006.

Speaking to the BBC, Yarnold said, "Coming off the back of Sochi it was hard to re-motivate myself, but I had the Grand Slam in my sights and wanted so desperately to be world champion, that saw me through."

"It wasn't until I returned home that I realised I was emotionally fatigued- more than the usual end of season exhaustion."

"It will be hard to watch others compete, but I really think this is the right time for me to refresh, take stock and come back even more motivated in the future."

Yarnold will continue to train in the UK throughout the coming season, which opens in Altenberg, Germany at the end of November.

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