Olympic skeleton racing gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Britain’s Yarnold, 25, has been rewarded for her services to winter sport after winning the 2013-14 skeleton World Cup and bringing home gold from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"It’s a complete surprise. My hands started shaking as soon as I saw the envelope was from the Palace,” she said.
"Getting an MBE feels so different to the awards you achieve as an athlete because those are the ones you have been working towards day after day in training.
"So many fantastic athletes from the summer Olympics have been awarded the MBE and to think winter sports are regarded with the same level of importance I think is a massive step forward."
"My gold medal has helped give winter sports in Britain more exposure and hopefully this will continue with this latest honour.”
Yarnold returned to training this week ahead of the new season, which starts with her defence of the skeleton World Cup in November.
She will then go in search of the only medal that still to elude her – the World Championships, set for Winterberg in Germany, early next year.
"Ever since I won my gold medal the thing I feared most was getting back in the gym, and the sessions so far have been far too horrible,” Yarnold explained.
"We are only a few months away from getting back into competition and it doesn't matter if I'm the Olympic champion, I've got to start again just like everyone else.
"But winning Olympic gold has not affected my level of motivation. My target for this year is the World Championships and then I will have a complete set of all the major gold medals in my sport."