Winter Olympics: Can Lizzy Yarnold match Dom Parsons' skeleton success?

Lizzy Yarnold lies second in the betting behind Germany's Jacqueline Loelling
Lizzy Yarnold lies second in the betting behind Germany's Jacqueline Loelling
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Great Britain won their first medal of the Winter Olympics in the small hours of this morning, as Dom Parsons took bronze in the men's skeleton. Could Team GB's women be about to win more medals in the skeleton? Max Liu reports.

"If Team GB are going to win any more medals in Pyeongchang then their best hope looks likely to be in the women's skeleton. Lizzy Yarnold is now 2/1 to triumph after setting a track record after the opening run on Friday morning. She's third at the end of the heats."

Team GB have broken their Pyeongchang Winter Olympics medal duck with Dom Parsons winning bronze in the men's skeleton. Parson's edged out fourth-placed Martin Dukurs by the narrowest of margins - 0.11 seconds - in a thrilling final round.

Parson's finished tenth in Sochi four years ago and was not considered a medal contender at the beginning of the Games. He is the first Brit to win a medal for skeleton since John Crammond in 1948.

More importantly, his success could inspire other Team GB competitors to win medals over the next week - although it looks unlikely there will be many golds in the haul. Team GB are [1.1] to win under 1.5 gold medals in Korea, with over 1.5 trading at [4.3].

At top of the gold medals tables it's a two-way fight between Germany [1.6], who already have nine, followed by Norway [2.42] who've so far won six. After that in the betting come Canada [30.0] with four golds at the time of writing.

If Team GB are going to win any more medals in Pyeongchang then their best hope looks likely to be in the women's skeleton. Lizzy Yarnold is now 2/1 to triumph after setting a track record after the opening run on Friday morning. She's third at the end of the heats.

Yarnold is not the only Brit contention, however, as Laura Deas finished fourth in the heats. Deas is making her Olympics debut and strengthened her position on Friday with a fast second run that pushed her up to fourth. At 6/1, she's now a serious contender for a medal.

Elsewhere on Day Six, Britain's male curlers put in a valiant effort but lost 8-6 to European Champions Sweden. GB were outstanding as they forced one of the tournament favourites to dig deep.

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