Skeleton - Yarnold wants World Cup leader's jersey

Lizzy Yarnold has revealed her growing desire to lead the skeleton World Cup this season as she heads to round five, and the halfway stage, in La Plagne ranked second overall.

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Lizzie Yarnold

Yarnold, who is making her full debut on the World Cup circuit this season, has been a picture of consistency so far with a three top-four finishes from her last three races.

After a ninth at the season opener in Lake Placid, Yarnold has finished second in Park City, third in Whistler and fourth in Winterberg last time out to jump up to second overall.

With La Plagne marking the halfway stage of the nine-round season, the 24-year-old is well placed for a tilt at the overall title sitting just seven points behind leader Marion Thees.

And, while determined not to look too far ahead, Yarnold is letting her mind wander to what it would feel like to lead the World Cup standings despite the length of the stay.

"People keep telling me [the overall positions]," said Yarnold. "They are more aware than I am. We're only halfway through the season and you see lots of people drop down.

"So it's not worth getting carried away at the moment but obviously it's great to be second in the world. It's really, really great.

"But I can't think about it for too long. What I would say is it would be exciting to be first in the world at some point.

"You get to wear a yellow vest and you can keep it. To be the world leader would be amazing."

Yarnold watched on as last year's overall World Cup winner and British teammate Shelley Rudman claimed victory by almost a second last time out in Winterberg.

In a sport where hundredths of a second constantly separate the podium positions, Rudman's winning margin of 0.99seconds was an anomaly to say the least.

And, despite finishing on the podium twice this season but not yet claiming a win, Yarnold insists producing two gold-medal runs is not about to become an obsession.

"You always want to win races and sometimes it's frustrating when you don't. But it's not the be all and end all," she added.

"You can't win every single round. Every track is different and they can be different from the start to the end of the season.

"You only have six runs to learn the track and I'm still such a rookie. I'm really chuffed with how it's going."

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