MELKSHAM slider Laura Deas admitted her role in a historic day at the Winter Olympics for Team GB would take some getting used to as she savoured her bronze medal in Pyeongchang today.

Deas was sent on a rollercoaster of emotions during the fourth and final run in the women's skeleton event, at first appearing likely to finish just out of the medals in fourth before Austrian leader Janine Flock faltered.

That allowed Deas' British teammate Lizzy Yarnold to fulfil her dream of becoming the first Briton to defend a Winter Olympics title.

The 29-year-old won women's skeleton gold four years ago in Sochi and triumphed again at the Olympic Sliding Centre.

Yarnold was 0.10 seconds behind Jacqueline Loelling, of Germany, overnight, despite complaining of being dizzy, but the German erred on the third run and Flock took a 0.02secs lead over Yarnold.

A scintillating fourth and final run from Yarnold, who clocked a track record of 51.46, saw her lead by a huge margin of 0.45, piling the pressure on Flock.

And Flock floundered as Deas, who had earlier put down her best run of the four endured the emotional rollercoaster of despair followed by jubilation among the sizeable British contingent present.

"I didn't think I'd done enough," Deas, who trains with Yarnold at the University of Bath, said.

"I knew my only chance was that Janine was going to make a mistake.

"I didn't really want to believe it was actually going to happen until she crossed the line and I saw that she dropped behind me and I just couldn't believe it. I thought 'this must be a mistake', someone is going to tap me on the shoulder and say sorry.

"I can't believe I am part of a Super Saturday, I never thought I'd be saying that. I'm just extremely proud to be part of an historic day."

Deas paid tribute to Yarnold, the 29-year-old recalling a message she received from Yarnold when her friend and team-mate won in Sochi.

Deas added: "She sent me a message saying that she wished I could have been there with her.

"It's been a long four years but I knew that I could do that and I just had to keep believing.

"I can still remember exactly what it said. I'm just so glad that I could be here this time around.

“My family are freezing their socks off and I am so glad they can be part of it.''

She added: "Lizzy is such a phenomenal athlete, she is so consistent and she knows how to bring it when it matters.

“We know we have got a phenomenal team. We know how to deliver results. It really is a team effort even though it’s an individual sport. I can’t thank them enough. They have done phenomenal job.”

Yarnold is now Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian, after her first win since returning from her year-long sabbatical in 2016.

It is the first time Britain have won two medals in the same event at the Winter Olympics.

And Saturday's three medals - after Izzy Atkin's ski slopestyle bronze - made this the most successful day at a Winter Games for Britain. Super Saturday on ice and snow.

Britain now have four medals - three of them in skeleton, after Dom Parsons' bronze on Friday - to equal the record haul from Chamonix 1924 and Sochi 2014.