September 17, 2015

LONDON (AP) Olympic skeleton champion Lizzie Yarnold of Britain says she is taking a season-long break from competition and will miss the upcoming World Cup.

The 26-year-old Yarnold said that after winning gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014, she found it ''hard to re-motivate myself'' and that ''I was emotionally fatigued - more than the usual end-of-season exhaustion.''

Yarnold still plans to defend her Olympic title in Pyeongchang in 2018 and believes a break will allow her ''to refresh, take stock and come back even more motivated for the future.''

Britain's skeleton performance director Andi Schmid says ''we fully support Lizzy's desire to take a season off from competing.''

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