Skeleton - Consistency key for Yarnold as World Cup moves to Europe

Lizzy Yarnold is living by the mantra that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts as the World Cup heads to Europe for the remainder of the season.

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Elizabeth Yarnold (Reuters)

The 24-year-old has picked up where she left off from her first forays into the World Cup last season this term with two podium finishes from three starts so far.

Yarnold took silver in Park City before battling back to claim bronze in Whistler and, fourth in the overall rankings, has enjoyed some down time before heading to Winterberg for round four.

The junior world champion only competed in four World Cup races last year, two in North America at Whistler and Calgary and two in Europe at Koenigssee and St Moritz.

Yarnold now faces six straight races on the continent and, with a new venture to La Plagne in France among them, she admits consistency, not necessarily victory, is what she is yearning for.

"I'm really, really chuffed to have two podium places out of three races. It's all about consistency," said Yarnold, who claimed two wins from her four World Cup appearances last season.

"While it's nice to win races, it's not the be all and end all, when the whole World Cup is over nine races this year.

"It's much harder to be consistent over many tracks than to win just one and not do well at the other eight.

"I usually prefer going to America, all the nice hotels. But this year I'm going to enjoy racing in Europe.

"We have some really tricky tracks and La Plagne is coming up. I've never been there before and it will be a new challenge with only six practice runs."

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