Skeleton

Friday Jan. 17, 2014 13:39 ET

Lizzy Yarnold earns World Cup skeleton gold in race skipped by Canada

Ice condition concerns keep Canadian sliders out of competition

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Winner Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain celebrates in the finish area after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Innsbruck - Igls, Austria, on Friday. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press)

Britain's Lizzy Yarnold topped Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States for the win in a women's World Cup skeleton race Friday, the third straight competition where the Olympic gold-medal favorites took the top two spots.

Yarnold finished two runs in one minute, 49.04 seconds, posting the best time in each heat. Pikus-Pace was second in 1:49.36, while Austria's Janine Flock and Russia's Maria Orlova shared the bronze in 1:49.71.

Yarnold and Pikus-Pace have won all seven races this season. Yarnold has four victories, one when Pikus-Pace was disqualified.

Canadian sliders skipped the race, citing concerns about ice conditions.

 

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