Yarnold, 24, won four of the eight World Cup events
to clinch the title this season,
but amid growing expectation - she has been fastest in unofficial training so far in Russia ahead of Thursday's opening two runs - she insists the only pressure she feels comes from within.
"I was at the slopestyle and I was in awe. It brought tears to my eyes. It's what we train very day for," said Yarnold, a former hepathlete.
"I've always been such a determined athlete since I was about 13 years old. I went to a grammar school because it finished at 15:30 so I could train every day. I love sport, I love training hard and I'm here to do my best.
Lizzy Yarnold's skeleton hopes and fears
"There's no more pressure you can put on an athlete than the pressure you put on yourself. It is already exceptional.
"I just want to go out there and show the world what I can do. I just really enjoy competing and that's the only way that I'll keep doing well, to relax, enjoy it and embrace the pressure. It's a real honour that people can think we can do so well."
Yarnold, who says she has learned "so much" from Vancouver gold medallist Amy Williams and Sochi team-mate Shelley Rudman, has impressed at the Sanki Sliding Facility in the Caucasus Mountains, posting times half-a-second quicker than the rest of her rivals.
"We have about 40 runs before we compete on each Olympic track, so it's a really good chance to get to know all the corners in turn because there are so many different lines you can take on each corner. This track, specifically, is a lot of fun to slide," she added.
"The corners sweep from left to right to left, so as long as you let the sled go and embrace the speed, it's so much fun. But training is training. Racing is a completely different thing."
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