Bath’s Lizzy Yarnold will head into the defence of her Olympic skeleton title on a high after finally getting to the bottom of the dizziness issues which had posed a threat to her World Cup career.
Tests have revealed that Yarnold sustained inner-ear damage and vestibular problems which can sporadically affect her balance and orientation when exposed to the high speeds and G-forces in her sport.
The 28-year-old first suffered the affliction when she blacked out midway down a training run for a World Cup race in Lake Placid in 2012, and was forced to pull out of a race in Calgary two years later.
Yarnold told Press Association Sport: “It was never of the greatest concern to me but when I saw how worried the people closest to me were getting about it, it drove me to find out more.
“With the help of the best specialists and my medical team we identified the problem and it is a relief that I now know how to deal with it and that it is not going to affect me away from the sport.
“It made me struggle to steer and to recall which corner I was on, which is not ideal at those speeds.” Yarnold returned to the track last season after a year out following her Olympic triumph in Sochi, and believes the timing of the news will give her an important psychological boost.