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British Skeleton begin scheme that helped discover ex-University of Gloucestershire student Lizzy Yarnold

British Skeleton has today launched a new nationwide campaign with the sole aim of finding future female stars within the sport.

The scheme is aged for women between 17-25 and they can apply for the “Project Milano: Girls4Gold” until April 30.

Successful applicants will be able to display their abilities at the University of Bath; facilities that are also used by British skeleton athletes.  

Great Britain boasts the impressive record of being the most successful nation in Olympic Skeleton history – with six of their last seven medals coming from female athletes.

Lizzy Yarnold, formerly of the University of Gloucestershire, is the most decorated British Winter Olympian and is backing the hunt for next female star to take part in the 2026 games.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Yarnold said, “sport is about fun, challenge and making great friends and that is why I loved Skeleton. It wasn’t just about going for the Olympic dream.

“It was about being part of an amazing team who knew what they were doing and have made champions already.”

Danny Holdcroft, head of talent for the British Skeleton team, insisted they “are not seeking ready-made stars” when asked about the new venture.

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