Deas Wins Brilliant Bronze

Laura Deas bagged a brilliant bronze medal for Britain after a dramatic finish in the women’s Skeleton in Pyeongchang.

The Wrexham-born speedster looked stunned as she realised she had claimed the medal in his first Winter Olympics.

Deas helped make it a stunning double success for Britain as Lizzy Yarnold became the first Brit to successfully defend an Olympic title in a winter Games.

The 29-year-old Deas had gone into her fourth and final run lying in fourth position but just 0.19secs off leader Janine Flock of Austria.

Deas made a blistering start and was well-ahead but slowed in the later corners to clock 51.91 secs but still had the lead with three skaters left.

Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling was next up and went quicker.

Yarnold, who had been just 0.02secs off Flock after the third run, then showed why she was the defending champ with a blistering run to clock 51.46secs.

That put huge pressure on Flock and she could not cope as she slumped out of medal contention handing the bronze to Deas by just 0.02secs.

The Welsh hero looked shocked but the realisation she had won a medal quickly sunk in as she celebrated with her team-mates.

Deas switched to the skeleton in 2009 having represented North Wales at hockey and Wales at equestrian events earlier in her career.

She said: “I can’t believe I am part of a Super Saturday, I never thought I’d be saying that. I’m just extremely proud to be part of an historic day.

“I thought ‘this must be a mistake, someone is going to tap me on the shoulder and say sorry . I have worked so hard for this for the past nine years. My family are freezing their socks off and I am so glad they can be part of it.

“Lizzy is such a phenomenal athlete, she is so consistent and she knows how to bring it when it matters.”


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